THE ARTS SOCIETY SOUTHAMPTON
Click here for previous lectures

DateLecture
09 October 2017As if by Magic - Turner’s Watercolour Techniques.
13 November 2017The Twelfth-Century Winchester Bible
11 December 2017Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames
08 January 2018John Singer Sargent: Much More Than a Modern Van Dyck
12 February 2018Adam Silver:1760-1800 ‘A Curious Case Of Reverse Development’
12 March 2018Hidden Canvases: Street Art & the City.
09 April 2018Vermeer: The Musical Pictures: Paintings Inspired by Music & Music Inspired by Paintings (With Recordings)
14 May 2018Picasso and Cubism.
11 June 2018‘Brilliant Things’ - Ancient Egyptian Faience

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

As if by Magic - Turner’s Watercolour Techniques.

Nicola Moorby Monday 09 October 2017

J.M.W. Turner was arguably the greatest practitioner in watercolour the world has ever seen and his achievements still represent the benchmark for artists working today. Yet he left frustratingly few written records of his processes and was notoriously reticent about his methods. One brave soul apparently once asked him the key to being a successful artist and it is recorded that he rather grumpily replied ‘The only secret I have is damned hard work’! This lecture examines Turner’s watercolour practice in detail, unlocking the mysteries behind his exceptional effects. In addition to showcasing the diversity and richness of his achievements in the medium, we will look at his experimental approach to techniques and some of his tools and materials. 

 Nicola Moorby:  A freelance art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She studied at the University of York and Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a curator at Tate Britain she has curated a number of exhibitions and has published widely on J.M.W. Turner, including contributions to the forthcoming online catalogue of the Turner Bequest. She is also co-editor and author of 'How to Paint Like Turner' (Tate Publishing, 2010). In addition, she has published on Walter Richard Sickert and is co-author of Tate's catalogue of works by the Camden Town Group.