Tate Britain is home to the largest collection of works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). A master of history, landscape and marine painting, he challenged the style of the old masters, trailblazing in technique and subject matter.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Shipwreck exhibited 1805. Tate
Described as the ‘father of modern art’ by John Ruskin, Turner often shocked his contemporaries with his loose brushwork and vibrant colour palette while portraying the development of the modern world unlike any other artist at the time.
It is no wonder that Turner became the most celebrated painter in England and that over one hundred and fifty years later, the gallery celebrates contemporary artists of the same innovating spirit through the aptly named Turner Prize.
You can discover Turner’s incomparable talent for free in the Clore Gallery. Displaying a selection of their extensive Turner collection, the gallery includes some of his greatest masterpieces such as Self-Portrait, Peace – Burial at Sea and Norham Castle, Sunrise.