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Everybody loves Turner!

The Unstable States exhibition has been running for a while now, so I thought I’d share some results regarding traffic to the blog. The most popular searches have been for the artist JMW Turner or for specific works by him, with folk … Continue reading

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Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France, by John Ruskin

Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading

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The Sailor’s Return, by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight’.  According to this old saying, the richly coloured sky in Palmer’s painting promises fair weather for these sailors and their families. Does anyone know the origin of the ‘red sky’ saying?

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In Memory of the ‘Painter of Light’

 Today marks the anniversary of Turner’s death on 19th December, 1851.  Over 20,000 works in his possession at the time, including oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, were bequeathed to the nation. He was not always appreciated by art critics during … Continue reading

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Sunset on Wet Sand, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

John Ruskin greatly admired Turner’s treatment of clouds and commented that “other great men coloured clouds beautifully, none but he ever drew them truly”. What do you think of Turner’s sketchy, almost impressionist painting of sunlight reflected on wet sand?

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Setting Sun, by Alexander Cozens (1717-1786)

Cozens considered the mood of a painting to be conveyed largely by the treatment of the sky. In many of his works the sky is the main subject, as it is in this painting.

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Study of Clouds, by John Constable (1776-1837)

Better known for his magnificent landscapes, Constable was so inspired to truthfully capture the sky that for a time in the early 1820s he stopped painting the ground to concentrate on studies of clouds like this one.

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