Turner’s Modern World
Museum of Fine Arts – Until Jul 10, 2022 Boston (US)
One of Britain’s greatest artists, J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) lived and worked at the height of the Industrial Revolution. When steam replaced sailing, machinery replaced labour. Wars, political unrest and social reforms have transformed society. “Turner’s Modern World” explores how this artist, more than any of his contemporaries, embraced these changes. He developed an innovative painting style to better capture the new world.
This historic exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings. watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks by Turner, including Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (1812) from Tate Britain. The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons. October 16, 1834 (1835) from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Also, the MFA slave ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On) (1840). These vivid and dramatic compositions demonstrate Turner’s commitment to depicting major events. Developments of his time, from technological advances to causes such as abolition and political reform.
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