Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude
Opens: 14/03/2012 Closes: 05/06/2012 National Gallery, LondonA certain painting by French landscapist Claude (Lorrain) reportedly reduced JMW Turner to tears. Although almost 100 years separated the two painters, Turner remained enthrall to his predecessor, most particularly for his portrayal of light. Works from large canvases to sketchbooks by both artists lay out a career-long infatuation. For more information visit: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/turner-inspired Buy: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/turner-inspired?tab=1
The Observer“This is not the best way to present art...” Certain moods common to both artists emerge more distinctly through the alternating display. But the revelations are swiftly over...
The Independent“There are some real masterpieces on show...” Both repetitive and in a way belittling to both artists. Claude is made to look limited when accompanied by so many similar works of Turner's. Turner is made to look derivative in turn...
The Telegraph“An intelligent 10-year-old could work out what Turner learnt from Claude...” The show is a muddle from start to finish. The best I can say about it is that the curators have borrowed some wonderful pictures to hang alongside much-loved warhorses from the National Gallery and Tate...
Evening Standard“A waste of intellectual energy, Turner’s duel with Claude...” Perfection, whether Claudian or his own, so often escaped him that the curators should admit the lurid, baleful, unformed and unresolved imperfection of so much of Turner’s work...
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