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Turner’s Modern World
October 17, 2021–February 6, 2022
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth, Texas

This fall, the Kimbell Art Museum presents the U.S. premiere of “Turner’s Modern World,” a showcase of paintings by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Drawn from the collections of Tate Britain, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art and others, the exhibition features more than 100 key works that explore how Britain’s preeminent landscape painter found new, modern ways to interpret the extraordinary events of his time.

“The Kimbell is thrilled to host such major paintings and watercolors by J.M.W. Turner, a towering figure in the history of European art,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “He is renowned as a landscape painter with an astonishing range of mood and atmosphere. In his work, Turner often drew from history, but he was also fully engaged with modernity and a keen observer of current events—from the Napoleonic Wars to the Industrial Revolution—which provided the subject matter for some of his most dramatic compositions.”

[Image: J.M.W. Turner, Catania, Sicily c. 1825. Watercolor on paper
8 1/2 x 11 1/8 in., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 59.794]