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The Red Rigi
1842

Artist/s name
Medium
watercolour, wash and gouache with some scratching out
Measurements
30.5 x 45.8 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Wilton 1525
Accession Number
1704-4
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1947
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Turner’s ground-breaking use of watercolour culminated in the 1840s in a series of transcendent views of Swiss lakes and mountains. Among the most famous of these are three views of Mt Rigi, seen from Lake Lucerne, that show the mountain at different times of day. Here Turner captured fleeting colour changes on Mt Rigi’s slopes, recording the altering moods of the scene under different lighting conditions – in The Red Rigi the mountain is illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun. These works unite the artist’s close observation of nature with his elaborate technique to evoke an atmosphere of utter tranquillity and contemplative calm.