Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
Storm at the mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice, c.1840
Watercolour and white highlights on off-white wove paper
21.8 x 31.9 cm
Bequeathed, Henry Vaughan, 1900.
"I would have to choose from one of the gallery’s great treasures, Turner’s watercolours from the Vaughan bequest. Like many artists from Titian to Monet, his late works were a profound distillation of his life experience and artistic practice, as if he is moving beyond mere representation to seek out a deeper meaning. I was particularly struck, in the 2014 exhibition by the luminosity and enigmatic opalescence of his 'Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice',1840. Turner, the unwitting modernist, could capture the magic of the whole city in the single shimmering counterpoint of St Mark’s campanile, as Venice dissolves behind a curtain of translucent light."
Barry Carroll, Visitor Services Administrator.
Previous People's Choices
Gabriele Münter, 'Girl with a Red Ribbon', 1908. Chosen by Claire Crowley.
William John Leech, 'A Convent Garden, Brittany', c.1913. Chosen by Shauna Sweeney.
Walter Frederick Osborne, 'In a Dublin Park, Light and Shade', c.1895. Chosen by Niamh Keaveney.
Robert Ponsonby Staples, 'On the Beach, Broadstairs, Kent', 1899. Chosen by Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire.
Fra Angelico, 'Sts Cosmas and Damian and their brothers surviving the stake', c.1440-1442. Chosen by Andrew Moore.