A new exhibition featuring the works of Joseph Turner is coming to the Getty Center this February, the 24th.
From the Getty Center Website:
Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) produced his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art.
Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major international loan exhibition is the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner’s final years.
So, by my calculations, age sixty is any painting from 1835 and on.
Well one of the paintings he painted in 1838 (when he was 63) was The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up.
You may have seen this painting in Skyfall, when Bond was first meeting Q.
Will it make the trip? I doubt it, but…here’s hoping, I’d love to be able to see it in person without having to take a trip to London.
Another classic, some would say Turner’s masterpiece was done two years later, in 1840, The Slave Ship:
Turner was a devoted Abolitionist (scores him a lot of points in my book), and wanted to capture the agony and suffering of the Slave trade. Well, he scared a lot of people with this painting. It was reviled when it was released, but now…immortal masterpiece.
Will it be here? I doubt it, but…again fingers crossed.
Anyway, if you want to learn more about Turner before the Exhibit hits, please, please watch this episode of Simon Schama’s The Power of Art featuring Turner and the creation of Slave Ship. It’s worth an hour of your time.