About this artwork

Alpine peaks and glacial valleys provided Turner with perfect subjects for exploring the effects of coloured light through atmospheric mist. He seized the full potential of watercolour to evoke the magnificent scale and natural splendour of the Swiss scenery. This work was probably made sometime around 1836, during his first visit when touring France, Switzerland and the Val d'Aosta, when he was accompanied by the young Scottish landowner, amateur painter and enthusiastic patron, Hugh Munro of Novar.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Turner transformed the art of landscape painting in Britain. From detailed topographical studies to expansive, atmospheric vistas his works celebrate the diversity and emotive power of nature. He was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber, and exhibited his earliest sketches in his father's shop before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Turner became the youngest ever full member of the Royal Academy in 1802. His experimental use of watercolour and oils achieved stunning effects, attracting contemporary criticism and praise. Turner's admiration of past masters, above all Claude Lorraine, and the numerous sketches made on many tours in Britain and abroad, provided the basis for his 'sublime' land and seascapes.