Turner's Colours: An Artist's Innovation and Experiments Over A Long Lifetime

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Turner's Colours: An Artist's Innovation and Experiments Over A Long Lifetime

Date and time

Monday 14 July, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Dr Joyce Townsend

Tickets

Admission free

Turner is regarded today as one of the greatest British colourists. He was an early adopter of new artists' materials, especially the many intensely-coloured pigments which were invented within his lifetime, and soon produced industrially. Many of these are represented in his tin paintbox, a unique survivor from British art of this period.

Dr Joyce Townsend

Dr Joyce Townsend is a Senior Conservation Scientist at Tate. She has researched the painting materials of 19th-century and earlier 20th-century British artists, their painting techniques, the deterioration of their materials over time, and the effects all these have had on the appearance and appreciation of such works today. She is the author of 'Turner's Painting Techniques' and a co-author of 'How to Paint Like Turner'.

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Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Turner's paintbox, Tate Archive © Tate, London 2014

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