New Meetup: Turner and the Masters

From: Guy
Sent on: Sunday, September 20, 2009 6:38 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for All Things Baroque!

What: Turner and the Masters

When: October 31, 2009 12:00 PM

Tate Britain
Millbank SW1P 4RG
020 7887 8888

This exhibition at Tate Britain reveals some of the Baroque influences on England's greatest and most prolific painter (he produced over 32,000 works), by juxtaposing paintings by Claude, Canaletto, Ruisdael, Poussin, Rubens, Rembrandt and other Baroque masters, with those of the English artist.

Featuring around 100 works, it will be the first exhibition to explore how Turner's responses to other artists were both acts of homage and a sophisticated form of art criticism, designed to demonstrate his understanding of great art and his ability to equal and even outshine the most celebrated exponents of the landscape tradition.

Turner had an obsession to prove he was just as good, if not better, than the old masters he so admired. He was born into a working-class family and relentlessly pursued his ambition to be a great artist, once proclaiming, ?I am the great lion of the day.? In a final act of self-promotion, he asked in his bequest that two of his paintings hang in the National Gallery alongside the work of Claude Lorrain ? and you can see these stunning paintings in this exhibition. Turner also had a great rivalry with John Constable. At the Royal Academy exhibition in 1832, Turner upstaged Constable by adding a dash of red to his own painting at the last minute ? and Constable was none too pleased.

This is the first exhibition ever to explore the full range of Turner?s challenges to the past, and his fierce rivalry with his contemporaries. Many works are reunited here for the first time in hundreds of years and others have never been seen together before in this light. Come along and decide which for yourselves which battles Turner wins, and which he loses.

We will meet at the Manton entrance on Atterbury Street by the side of the gallery at 12.00-12.15 (not the Millbank entrance at the front). Please book for the 12.30 session. Ticket price: ?12.50. To book, go here: For those who fancy, we will go for a pub lunch afterwards.

As always, if you RSVP "yes" and can't make it at the last moment, that's fine, but please have the courtesy to call or text me on my mobile (no emails) so we don't hang around for you. Thank you for being considerate.

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