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William Turner - Standort 19 | Bacharach

Footpath at the end of Bacharach, view of BacharachIn

this watercolour sketch Turner records the main architectural contours

of Bacharach. The castle, the church, the monastery and the town’s

towers all appear in their actual positions. There was good reason for

this, as the watercolour served as the basis for an engraving for an

illustrated edition of the Life and Works of Lord Byron. It was

subsequently bought by John Ruskin, Turner’s most prominent apologist.

In other watercolours and sketches of the town he rearranges the

buildings, setting them close together to achieve a particularly

imposing effect. This watercolour is also a good example of Turner’s

efforts to dissolve contours and representations in expanses of colour.

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Blick auf Bacharach (Foto: Victoria & Albert Museum, London / Bridgeman Image, Quelle: Rhein-Nahe Touristik) Skizze (Foto: Tate; CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0, Quelle: Rhein-Nahe Touristik)
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