Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'J.M.W. Turner. Painting Set Free' at the de Young

On his deathbed in 1851, Turner ‘s doctor wrote “just before 9 a.m., the sun burst forth directly on him with that brilliancy which he loved to gaze on.*" The story is a fitting beginning to the current show at the de Young - “Painting Set Free,” a look at work produced by Turner from his sixtieth birthday in 1835 to his death in 1851, for the sun and the luminous colors of the sea and the sky are the real subjects of Turner's art.

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