I enjoyed a nice afternoon out last week visiting the new National Gallery Turner exhibition, “Turner Inspired: in the Light of Claude“. I had a great time walking the galleries and spent a little time in the gift shop as well.
Before I get into the great shopping, I have to say that seeing the Turner paintings next to the Claude really shed a lot of light (excuse the pun) on Turners influences. I was told that Turner bequeathed two paintings to the National Gallery (one is “Dido building Carthage” shown above) on the condition that they were hung between two Claude paintings. This specification speaks volumes for Turner’s respect for Claude and makes this exhibition quite amazing to me, as I think it would have been a dream come true for Turner.
As I walked through the exhibition, I noticed that there are a few distinct styles in Claude’s work that are echoed in Turner’s style changes. Turner seems to take these stylistic phases a step further with his more impressionistic works, but seeing all of these paintings together, you can see how his expressive works are a natural step.
The gift shop shop does a brilliant job of playing off of the nautical and light themes of the exhibition. I think it’s refreshing to see some creative gift options to take away from the show, and I was really taken by sweet items like a compass necklace and the message in a bottle kit. The light bulb vases are quite lovely as well– I think I saw those on a blog somewhere recently.
One look that I saw in the National Gallery shop that you’ll be seeing on Easyart very soon is Britannia. They’ve got some really charming products on display and they make me excited for the beautiful prints we’ve got on the way to the site. More on that soon!