The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free

J.M.W. Turner, The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free, Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free is an exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, that explores the later, sometimes controversial, work of brilliant British painter J.M.W. Turner.

Some of the work was controversial in Turner’s experimental approach to composition, rendering, and portrayal of light, notably the further dissolution of form into light and color, culminating in a approach sometimes called his “vortex technique”. Even critics who had been staunch supporters of Turner prior to his late career, like John Ruskin, were convinced that Turner had basically lost it.

That impression has persisted in history books, but the new exhibition aims to correct that impression.

There is a brief set of slides on the Tate’s site with some preview images, that have larger versions when clicked on. You can also click through to the dedicated page for some of the pieces in the Tate’s permanent collection, and you may find larger versions of others elsewhere; notably, the remarkable Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus (above, top, with detail) that is available in high resolution on the Google Art Project and Wikimedia Commons.

The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free will be on display at the Tate until 25 January 2015, it then travels to the U.S. for venues in San Francisco and Los Angeles.