Turner: travels, light and landscape
14 February - 1 June 2014
Detail of 'Margate'
JMW Turner is regarded as one of the greatest British artists of all time. He helped transform British art and raise landscape painting from ‘superior wallpaper’ to the defining genre of the period.
Featuring some 30 watercolours, paintings and prints, this exhibition is drawn from National Museums Liverpool’s own Turner collection, one of the most outstanding in the country.
Paintings such as 'Margate Harbour' and 'Linlithgow Palace', are shown alongside prints and watercolours that are rarely displayed due to their light-sensitivity. These include the watercolours 'Dudley', 'Off Dover', 'Wells Cathedral' and 'View of the Mole'.
The exhibition explores Turner’s endeavours to challenge the widely-held assumption that landscape was inferior to historical painting. It was in doing this that he produced some of the most thrilling, evocative paintings ever known.
Don’t miss our special programme of talks, demonstrations, workshops and family activities inspired by the exhibition.
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