Turner and the Traditionalists

Turner and the Traditionalists

Turner and the Traditionalists
1st– 31st January 2007

Print Gallery

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is admired as one of the great watercolourists, for his technique, imaginative response to nature and portrayal of the English and Continental landscape. His life coincided with the new status of watercolour and increase in its exponents.

With the National Gallery of Ireland's broad collection of British works on paper, this exhibition, compared its Turners with some of the fine artists who painted in more traditional ways, while occasionally adopting some of his innovations. Treated thematically, the exhibition considered aspects such as his depiction of buildings and cities, aspirations as an illustrator and landscapist and influence on his contemporaries. The importance of materials was also be examined. An additional 12 works by comparative artists were on view, many for the first time, among them Edward Dayes, Copley Fielding, Samuel Austin and Nicholas Pocock.


Exhibition Brochure:
Turner and the Traditionalists
© 2007 National Gallery of Ireland
Editor Adrian Le Harivel