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Cotman and Turner versus modernity

Tuesday 13th November 2012


JMW Turner 'Valley of the Washburn'. Bought with the aid of a contribution from Leeds Art Fund, 1997.

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In 1900 Turner was the greatest name in British watercolour painting; Cotman was hardly even known. In a great reversal of fortune, due in part to a rejection of Victorian narrative in art, partly to a growing appreciation of the visual power of colour and design, Cotman eclipsed Turner for more than half of the twentieth century.

Join curator, author and lecturer Timothy Wilcox as he traces this fascinating tussle through examples of the artists' own work and a look at the modern painters they inspired.