Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings
22 June – 28 October 2012
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.
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.