Turner's artistic singularity nourished the artist's outlook on Whistlerian compositions, which is not unrelated to the elaboration of the new pictorial movement of impressionism.
The first Monet pieces inspired in 1871 by the river Thames, his "effects of fog on the Thames" and his first paintings of the Houses of Parliament, will be confronted to his later work from the famous series of "Views of the Thames", including the Waterloo and Charing Cross bridges. Further comparison of these variations by Monet with Whistler's engravings, or with Turner's paintings and watercolours, from London to the ultimate sojourn in Venice, is very revealing.
To this three-voiced "dialogue" full of poetry, constituted of moving and elegiac pieces, is added those of Ruskin and Mallarmé, abounding in perfect harmony. For after realism, followed by the invention of impressionism, appeared the new trend of symbolism, "painting of souls, painting of ideas".
Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Sylvie Patin, Chief Curator, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Alison Smith, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, London
Ian Warrell, Curator of British Art at the Tate Gallery, London
John House, Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Exhibition also presented at
the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto from June 12 to September 5, 2004
the Tate Gallery (Tate Britain), London, from February 12 to May 15, 2005
This exhibition takes place as part of the Entente Cordiale centenary celebrations.
It is organised in Paris with the support of ABN-AMRO.
Tate Publishing, in association with the Art Gallery of Ontario