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Drawn from museums and private collections from across the globe, over 60 works by JMW Turner (1775-1851), Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Cy Twombly (1928-2011) will come together for a fascinating exploration of the artists' late works.
J.M.W. Turner, War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet, exh 1842
Michael Glover writes in the summer edition of Art Quarterly: 'Art and the ageing process has long been a subject of rich but inconclusive speculation. Is it common for artists to discover a new bout of vigour and almost reckless insouciance as the door to the abyss yawns? Do they, in the oft-quoted words of Dylan Thomas, commonly rage against the dying of the light? Or do they find themselves asking, as WB Yeats asked himself, "What can I do but enumerate old themes?" '
Investigate Turner's late drive towards indefinition and increasing preoccupation with the sea; decide for yourself what effect Monet's cataracts might have had on his brilliant, colourful execution; and consider Twombly's late return to earlier preoccupations, in his distilled, wilfully obscured interpretations of classical myths.
In a UK first, Turner's The Parting of Hero and Leander will be on display, alongside two more contemporary works of the same title by Twombly. A collection of Monet's most iconic waterlily paintings will also be on show together for the first time in over a decade.
What the critics say
This is a rich and thought-provoking exhibition.
This is a great show, an absorbing, exhausting show.
A beautiful survey of three incongruous artists serves not to illustrate their similarities but to set one apart as poet rather than painter