Thursday, 24 September 2009

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

Turner and the Masters is a fantastic and fascinating show at the Tate Britain, about the masters who inspired Turner. The works by artists such as Poussin, Canaletto, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian are hung side by side with paintings by Turner, showing how he attempted to match or improve upon the skill and technique of those artists. I never appreciated how ambitious he was until seeing this show. He was so determined to fix his place amongst the great masters. Sometimes I think he was successful, and his work hangs beautifully against his inspiration, but other times, I think he would have been better sticking to his strengths. Either way, a fabulous show; well worth a look.

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