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Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) was one of the greatest British artists of the nineteenth century. His paintings are revered for their spectacular effects of light and color, and have influenced generations of artists. His late work, created between 1835 and 1850, articulated a radical vision that was heedless of public reaction, and explored such themes as the rise and fall of civilizations, the natural and industrial worlds, and religious and cultural mythology.
This exhibition is organized by Tate Britain in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn
The Estate of Merrill and Hedy Thruston
Estate of Harold Dana Crosby, Jr.
The Diana Dollar Knowles Fund
Berenice R. Spalding Charitable Trust
Gerald Stanley Levinson and Robert Charles Armstrong
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm—Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth, exhibited 1842. Oil on canvas. Tate London. Image © Tate, London 2014
Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9, 2014
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The de Young Museum originated as the Fine Arts Building, which was constructed in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition in 1894. The chair of the exposition organizing committee was Michael H. de Young, co-founder of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Fine Arts Building was designed in a pseudo–Egyptian Revival style and decoratively adorned with images of Hathor, the cow goddess. Following the exposition, the building was designated as a museum for the people of San Francisco.
James Turrell (b. 1943)
Three Gems, 2005
Concrete, plaster, stone, L.E.D. lighting
Foundation purchase, gift of gift of Bernard and Barbro Osher
Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)
Gift of the John Berggruen Gallery
Joan Miró (1893–1983)
La Maternité, 1973
Museum purchase, gift of Bernard and Barbro Osher
Although Miró never formally joined the European Surrealists, like that group of artists he drew inspiration from the spatial innovations of Cubism, the Dada movement’s embrace of the irrational, and the psychological theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung regarding unconscious thought and collective archetypes.