Until January 3, 2021, discover one of the
most important European artists of the 19th century: Joseph Mallord
William Turner. The work of this English painter, watercolourist and
engraver will be presented as a Canadian exclusive at the Musée
national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Turner and the
Sublime, showcasing the artist’s unique and modern take on
landscapes, promises to deliver a range of emotions and to dazzle
visitors with the works of this visionary, known as the “Painter of
Light”. A rare experience made possible with the collaboration of
London’s Tate Museum. Until May 2.
To help visitors better understand Turner,
a pioneer of the romantic movement, the exhibition presents 77
paintings and works on paper created between the outset of his
career in the 1790s to its peak around 1840. Admire masterpieces
including Fishermen at Sea (1796), The Blue Rigi,
Sunrise (1842) and Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) (1843),
as well as an exquisite collection of watercolours. With Turner, the
landscape is elevated to a major form of art: his mountains depict
striking majesty, his marine scenes are a lyrical expression of
nature and his skies are a window into the infinite.
This exhibit is innovatively designed,
based on the contrast between light and dark, to help visitors
immerse themselves in the painter’s universe. Three
never-before-seen video installations complete the presentation,
offering you a contemporary experience of the sublime – the
concept that was central to the aesthetic of the late 18th and
19th century in Europe and influenced by Philosopher Edmund Burke.
An entire generation of artists, including Turner, drew from that
concept of beauty based on the emotion felt in the presence of the
forces of nature. Admire how Turner appropriated this notion
through a variety of striking landscapes, awesome storms,
tumultuous seas and impressive mountain views. These irresistible
artworks are just as powerful today.
The exhibit will also allow visitors
to discover a seminal piece from the MNBAQ’s European art
collection: Scene in Derbyshire (1827), a gift from
the estate of the Honorable Maurice Duplessis, whose incredible
story will also be presented.