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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Saw the Turner exhibition at Toronto's AGO this past weekend. The exhibition focuses primarily on the latter years of his life. It does a very good job of giving context to his experimental techniques and style, and to the response from his peers, critics and the public.

There are some major works on display, most on loan from the Tate - notably "Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth", "Peace, Burial At Sea" and "The Three Rigis" watercolours, as well as a number of his Venice paintings.


Sunny, thank you for the note.

Turner is not a style I deeply appreciate, but an excellent painter nevertheless. Unfortunately his choice of pigments was not always wise ( carmine) and too many of his works have faded severely. I do appreciate how his oils have a translucency to them.

Not only faded, but falling apart. Mixing oil and watercolour - and spit - wasn't wise. One of the descriptive notes in the exhibition explained that chunks of pigment have cracked and fallen off some paintings.

I love the urgency and raw energy in paintings like "Peace, Burial At Sea". I also like some of the watercolours that were on display. Some of the others left me cold, especially those that combined his manic impressionistic landscapes with weirdly primitive human figures - usually in the foreground in the bottom quarter of the canvas.
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