Splash! Turner and Watercolor
The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Conveying fleeting effects of light and atmosphere through abstracted and innovative techniques, Turner's watercolors are hailed as some of the greatest ever made. Julian Brooks, curator of drawings at the Getty Museum and co-curator of J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, explores the secrets of Turner's success, looking at how the artist went from selling standard topographical scenes to creating masterpieces of the genre. In particular, Brooks examines the techniques that startled Turner's contemporaries, including dipping the paper in water prior to working, using his thumbprint to create texture, and scratching away the paper with a thumbnail kept especially long for the purpose. Over the span of his long working career, Turner never abandoned watercolor even when he had achieved success with his oils, and indeed the effects he sought in both media began to merge. This talk shows how Turner captured the world around him in ways never before achieved.
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