Turner and Colour

J.M.W. Turner, The Vermilion Towers: Study at Marseille, 1838, Gouache and watercolour on paper (Tate Collection)
J.M.W. Turner, The Vermilion Towers: Study at Marseille, 1838, Gouache and watercolour on paper (Tate Collection)

Martin Butlin reviews Turner et la Couleur at the Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence, on view through September 18, 2016.

Butlin notes that the show is "one of the most fascinating of recent exhibitions of the works of J.M.W. Turner, one that reveals a whole new aspect of his vision... covering all Turner’s career but with a relatively new selection of works and an important new group of sketches... Not surprisingly, colour permeates this exhibition, save in Turner’s earliest works, where effects of light make do ... The paradox of Turner’s career is also stressed, his reliance on engravings to widen his appeal to the public and the care with which he chose his engravers..."