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Painter of Light: Turner in Poland
September 2, 2011   
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Works by J.M.W. Turner, the master of British Romantic watercolor landscapes, will be exhibited in Poland for the first time in the National Museum in Cracow. The exhibition Turner and the Elements, opening Oct. 2, will feature works on loan from the Tate Britain gallery in London and private American collections.

Turner, sometimes referred to as “the painter of light” and regarded as a forerunner of Impressionism, is famous for works such as Rain, Steam and Speed—The Great Western Railway. He is often credited with raising landscape painting to an eminence rivaling historical works.

The exhibition will present 12 of the great artist’s oil paintings and numerous watercolors. According to museum director Zofia Gołubiew, it seeks to show Turner’s artistic development and the changes in his style throughout his career.

The selected paintings will be divided into five groups named after elements—fire, water, air, earth and the final part “A Fusion of the Elements.” The “fire” section features the famous picture The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons.

The Cracow exhibition promises to be a treat for art lovers and the wider public.

The pictures will remain in Poland until January 2012.
Joanna Kozłowska
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