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Rheinfels Castle, View over St. Goar

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