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    Monday, January 1st, 2018
    The annual January exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland  this year is a conversation across the centuries. Good Morning Mister Turner – Niall Naessens and J.M.W. Turner – brings together the gallery’s Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours and a series of etchings and drawings by the Brandon based printmaker who worked as master printer in the Graphic Studio for many years.
    Naessens approaches Turner’s works obliquely, not as images to be imitated or interpreted, but as a means of looking at the landscape. He has created an artists book with 13 small etchings in a yellow box, eleven framed prints and five drawings for the exhibitions.

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) -Ostend Harbour, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Niall Naessens (b.1961) – Artist Seen Taking in the Morning, 2017 © Niall Naessens


    Thursday, December 30th, 2010

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Great Yarmouth Harbour, Norfolk, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (click to enlarge)

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) The Grand Canal Venice from below the Rialto Bridge, Venice, c.1820 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (click to enlarge)

    The National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) will be on annual display during January 2011.  These delicate watercolours are only ever shown at this time of year, when natural light in these latitudes  is at its lowest.  For January 2011 the theme is care of the collection, past and present.  It examines how Turner’s watercolours have been cared for before and after they entered the collection of the National Gallery in 1900.  Information on conservation methods from Victorian times is included.  Areas like pigments, fading and lux levels are addressed.  The Turner watercolour were bequeathed to the gallery by the English collector Henry Vaughan.

    ‘Colour and Light: Caring for Turner’s Watercolours’ runs from January 1 to January 31, 2011.
    (see post for July 7, 2010)