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The Art Gallery of Ontario Sheds Light on J.M.W. Turner’s Final Years

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO HONES IN ON THE FINAL DECADE AND A HALF OF BRITISH PAINTER J.M.W. TURNER’S PROLIFIC AND INFLUENTIAL CAREER

JMW Turner Art Gallery of Ontario Tate Britain

J.M.W. Turner’s Snow Storm—Steam Boat Off a Harbour’s Mouth is among the works to be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario (photo: Tate Photography)

OCTOBER 31 TO JANUARY 30  Before contemporary-kitsch painter Thomas Kinkade styled himself the Painter of Light, there existed a true master of illumination: J.M.W. Turner. The Romantic-era icon, a giant of the British art world, was known for his intensely atmospheric depictions of stormy seas, battlefields, Roman and Venetian landscapes, and more. Though Turner was active for the entire first half of the 19th century, it’s the final 15 years of his career that are the focus of a significant exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Organized by Tate Britain, “Painting Set Free” boasts more than 50 evocative late-period oil and watercolour paintings, which, though controversial in their day, proved to be influential precursors to the works of Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists.  —Craig Moy

 

• Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648; ago.net
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