February 20, 2020 – 6:30 pm

Curator’s Perspective: J.M.W. Turner

presented by David Blayney Brown, senior curator, 19th-century British art, Tate Britain

  • J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). Small Boats beside a Man-o’-War, 1796–97. Gouache and watercolor on paper, 13 7/8 x 24 1/4 in. Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photo © Tate, 2019

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

One of the Romantic period’s greatest artists, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) found a corollary for human moods in nature’s atmospheres, energy, and the drama of storms and transcendent effects of light. This lecture will trace the development of his techniques and visionary ideas from the 1790s through the mid-1840s, focusing primarily on his pursuit of the Sublime—the sensation of awe and terror felt when confronted with the extreme forces of nature.

 

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