Exhibit Date: June 20 - September 20, 2015
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) was one of the greatest British artists of the nineteenth century. His paintings are revered for their spectacular effects of light and color, and have influenced generations of artists. His late work, created between 1835 and 1850, articulated a radical vision that was heedless of public reaction, and explored such themes as the rise and fall of civilizations, the natural and industrial worlds, and religious and cultural mythology.
J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free was organized by Tate Britain in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the J. Paul Getty Museum. It has been curated by Sam Smiles, professor of art history and visual culture at Exeter University; and David Blayney Brown, Manton Curator of British Art 1790–1850 at Tate Britain; with Amy Concannon, assistant curator 1790–1850 at Tate Britain. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a series of public programs at the de Young.