Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in 1775 in London, where he lived until his death in 1851. Turner was not only England's most famous painter of the day, he was also one of its most successful, despite the passionate criticism his highly original art repeatedly drew.
After a close study of the great artists of the 16th and 17th century, Turner reformed landscape painting and helped to lend it respectability. In his work, sunlight conveys the power of the natural elements, while colour creates the drama and interprets fateful events as they unfold. Monet and Pissarro both expressed enthusiasm about Turner's unconventional painting, his precise observation of natural phenomena, his forms that appear to be in constant motion, and lastly the fluidity of his light. The Symbolists followed the Impressionists in discovering the wonderful light in his works. The American Abstract Expressionist painters Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock carefully studied Turner's paintings or followed similar principles of composition.
This exhibition in Zurich is the first in Switzerland to present a survey of Turner's entire oeuvre. With nearly 200 works on display, one can view all aspects of Turner's art: paintings, watercolours, sketches and prints.
Exhibition: 22,00/17,00 CHF
Collection: 15,00/10,00 CHF
Combined ticket: 25,00/18,00 CHF (Audioguide incl.)
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