Wednesday, January 18, 2017

National Gallery - Turner exhibition

A friend had recommended the Turner exhibition at the National Gallery, and I'm delighted I went. I can't believe I've lived in Dublin all these years and I didn't know about this - every January, the gallery shows a collection of Turner watercolours that were bequeathed to it in 1900 by Henry Vaughan, with the stipulation that the works only be shown in January, to protect the watercolours from strong light.

There are a few gems in this collections. Plus it was really interesting to look at the paintings up close and get a sense of Turner's techniques - and yes, there were even some paintings where he used gouache for highlights!

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