Exclusive Media Tour of J.M.W Turner: Painting Set Free@AGO(Wed.,Nov.4th,2015)‏

By A.J.Lam


On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 we were privilege to attend an exclusive media tour through the experimental, ground-breaking late works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), with The one-hour tour led by the AGO’s Curator of European Art Lloyd DeWitt and Interpretive Planner David Wistow.

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, opens on October 31 and brings to Toronto more than 50 paintings and works on paper on loan from renowned Tate Britain. Turner’s late works, with their emphasis on atmosphere, are famous for their rich colour palettes, textures and evocative use of light. Challenging the myths, assumptions and interpretations that have grown around Turner’s later work, this exhibition reveals a painter whose breadth of knowledge and romantic imagination was matched only by his innovative spirit. Organized thematically, the exhibition takes a focused look at Turner’s travels across Europe, his fascination with classical history and religion, his interest in the sea and whaling, and his preoccupations with capturing light and atmosphere.
J.M.W. Turner is the best known British artist, but here are few fascinating facts you might not know:
In the later years of his career his art became more radical and experimental, incorporating unusual materials like tobacco juice and stale beer, and was derided by conservative critics for his unconventional methods
He did some pretty drastic things for his art, like having sailors tie him to the mast of a boat during a major winter storm to “experience the drama” of the elements during a storm at sea
He wore wooden dentures and drank up to eight pints of rum a day
His father lived with him for 30 years, serving as his assistant and mixing paints
The tour was filled with many additional anecdotes and insights, and Lloyd Dewitt was available for questions following the tour.

We like to thank Cydoney Curran | Account Coordinator, Holmes PR for the invitation to this event.