Sun Setting over a Lake (c. 1840) by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sun Setting over a Lake - Joseph Mallord William Turner - c. 1840

Artwork Information

TitleSun Setting over a Lake
ArtistJoseph Mallord William Turner
Datec. 1840
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91 x 122.5 cm
Current LocationTate Gallery, London

About Sun Setting over a Lake

The artwork “Sun Setting Over A Lake” is an oil painting created by Joseph Mallord William Turner in 1840. The artwork features a lake with brilliant colors of the setting sun reflected in its waters, creating a breathtaking scenery. It is part of the series of paintings Turner completed between 1840 and 1850, measuring 35 7/8 × 48 1/4 inches. The painting encompasses textures and colors that capture light nuances throughout the surface, giving it depth and character.

This painting was one of many artworks inspired by nature created by this British painter, showing great skill in almost every one of his paintings. His remarkable landscapes inspired many other artists throughout the years and continue to do so today.

Another popular landscape painting by William Turner is “Staffa, Fingal’s Cave” from 1832. This piece sees a mountain on an island surrounded by tumultuous seas in Scotland from a far distance. Although the sea itself occupies only part of the canvas, it appears lively and powerfully connected to the land it protects. Here again, he takes full advantage of color tonalities and outlines shapes masterfully to portray nature as accurately as possible.

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