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J.M.W. Turner : “Vesuvius in Eruption” (1817-1820)

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The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Turner was a Romantic painter, enamored of the aesthetics of the sublime. In about 1817, when he created this breathtaking watercolor of Vesuvius, volcanoes featured prominently in the popular imagination, and were the subject of intense scientific research. The massive eruption of Mount Tambora in April, 1815, had precipitated a global climate disaster known as the “Year Without a Summer.” Vesuvius, meanwhile, was almost continually active, erupting in 1794, 1807, 1819 and 1822. However, Turner was unable to witness an eruption firsthand. He most likely completed Vesuvius in Eruption before his first visit to Italy in 1819, basing the composition on the work of another draftsman. The results are a testament to Turner’s virtuoso watercolor technique, fertile imagination and expressive use of light and color to convey the elemental power of nature.

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