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Rheinfels Castle, View over St. Goar

Blick von Burg Rheinfels über St. Goar nach Katz (Aquarell 1817) / Bildquelle: Provinzial
  • William Turner - Standort 11: Burg Rheinfels, Blick über St.Goar
  • St Goar, Looking Upstream from Burg Rheinfels, Burg Katz and St Goarhausen in the Distance, and a Raft on the Rhine 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Rheinfels Castle, View over St. Goar

On the morning of Sunday 24th August 1817 Turner takes a look around St. Goar. From the hill of Burg Rheinfels he sketches the town below. Burg Katz can be discerned on the opposite bank of the Rhine. Other watercolour sketches preceded the completion of this work. As he demonstrates in many of his works, Turner explores the effects of light in great depth (here in the form of sunlight). Commenting on this watercolour, the art critic John Ruskin notes that what Turner is aiming for here »is the almost instantaneous record of an effect of colour or atmosphere«. Decades later these effects would become the hallmarks of Impressionism.

Aquarell, 1817
Medium: Auqalrell mit Bleistift auf kartonartigem Papier
Größe: 195 x 313 mm
Sammlung: Privatsammlung
Referenz: TW1546; Wilton 677