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Hockney on Turner Watercolours - Tate Britain

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION described as dazzling, evocative and sublime, Hockney on Turner Watercolours, is on display at Tate Britain until February 3, 2008.

The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see some of JMW Turner’s most spectacular works – around 150 of his most beautiful watercolours – giving a comprehensive view of the artist’s astonishing use of watercolour, his techniques and his influences.

At the heart of the exhibition another seminal British artist, David Hockney, presents his own selection of Turner’s unique colour studies or ‘beginnings’, as well as providing commentary on the artist’s techniques.

The exhibition tracks Turner’s watercolour work through time. In a selection encompassing everything from architecture to topography, ideal and historic landscape to nature studies, and finished works to private sketches, it reveals Turner’s extraordinary range as a watercolourist.

At the same time, it shows the development of the virtuoso techniques that enabled him first to paint watercolours that could compete with oil paintings, and later to transform all aspects of his art by their example.

Included in the exhibition is The Blue Rigi (circa 1841 – 1842), Turner’s magnificent work which was recently acquired by the Tate with the help of the most successful public appeal ever organised by The Art Fund.

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 5.30pm.

For more information visit the website.

Also at Tate Britain, How We Are: Photographing Britain.
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