RAMM’s Turner Flying High
3 July 2018
RAMM has flown the Turner watercolour, Buckfastleigh Abbey, to Japan for the touring exhibition: Turner and the Poetics of the Landscape.
Turner and the Poetics of the Landscape
Turner and the Poetics of the Landscape brings together 120 oil paintings and prints by J. M. W. Turner, one of Britain’s greatest landscape artists. It explores his masterful handling of light and atmosphere and is divided into four sections: Topography, Seascapes, Landscapes of Antiquity and Mountains. Organised by National Galleries, Scotland and The Mainichi Newspapers, works have been loaned from many UK collections. These include National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, The Salisbury Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast and The Mercer Art Gallery.
The exhibition is at the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo, from 24 April to 1 July 2018. It will then move to Koriyama City Museum of Art, 7 July to 9 September.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), was an English Romantic painter, printer and watercolourist known for his imaginative landscapes and loose brush work that captures speed and movement. Turner, alongside John Constable (1776-1837), was one of the first artists to directly sketch from nature. He is lauded for his role for elevating landscape painting to such a level as to rival history painting. Turner made several trips to Devon during his long career.
Painted in about 1826, the view in Buckfastleigh Abbey looks up the River Dart towards Holne Chase and Dartmoor. Turner also contributed to volumes of topographical prints which illustrated the southern coast of England and other picturesque views in the South West. This watercolour was engraved by R. Wallis in 1828 for Charles Heath’s Picturesque Views in England and Wales.
Following an 11-hour flight the work arrived into Haneda Airport. It was carefully unloaded from the container before continuing its journey to the museum. The work was then unpacked, acclimatized and condition checked to insure that no damage had occurred during transit. Buckfastleigh Abbey was the first work hung. The gallery is situated on the 42nd floor offering visitors contrasting views: Turner’s romantic landscapes and the unseen Tokyo cityscapes below.