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About Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Night (detail), 1835. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Widener Collection 1942.9.86
Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
14 March - 5 June 2012
Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition. Yet a lasting dialogue with the 17th-century painter Claude lay at the heart of these developments.
This exhibition offers the chance to compare closely related works by Turner and Claude. Discover how Turner was inspired by - and tried to outdo - the earlier artist's mastery of light and landscape.
Turner Inspired also introduces the story of the Turner Bequest and its importance in the history of the National Gallery, with the final room of the show exhibiting archive material dedicated to this relationship.
Turner Inspired is a National Gallery exhibition created in collaboration with Tate Britain.