Oles at the Tait in London
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
at 2:00 PM
Tait Britain, London, England,
Sheri Eichhorn


Take a break from holiday preparations to join fellow Oles and alumni from Carleton, Macalester and Grinnell to view Turner and the Masters at The Tate Britain. We will gather on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. at the Tait Britain, located on Millbank Street in London. We'll view this exhibit with the aid of the museum's audio guide and then retreat to a local pub for drinks and conversation.

This unforgettable show places beautiful masterpieces by Canaletto, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian next to some of JMW Turner's most dramatic paintings. It shines light on a lesser-known side of the British Romantic painter: his obsession to prove he was just as good, if not better, than the old masters he so admired.

Turner was born into a working-class family and relentlessly pursued his amibtion to be a great artist, once proclaiming, "I am the great lion of the day." He entered into direct competition with artists - past and present - whom he considered as worthy rivals to his own fame. In a final act of self-promotion, he asked in his bequest that two of his paintings hang in the National Gallery alongside the work of Claude Lorrain - and you can see these stunning paintings in this exhibition. Turner also had a great rivalry with John Constable. At the Royal Academy exhibition in 1832, Turner upstaged Constable by adding a dash of red to his own painting at the last minute - and Constable was none too pleased.

This is the first exhibition ever to explore the full range of Turner's challenges to the past and his fierce rivalry with his contemporaries. Many works are reunited here for the first time in hundreds of years and others have never been seen together before in this light. Come along and decide for yourselves which battles Turner wins and which he loses.

With questions, contact Sheri Eichhorn at 888-865-6537 or

To RSVP, contact Carleton alumni David Rowe at

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