J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), “Tunnel,” oil on board, 20 x 14 cm. © Art Master Collection 2017

In this ongoing series for Fine Art Today, we take a longer look at the history and features of a soon-to-be-available artwork of note. This week we consider a stunning available lot from this Romantic icon.

Arguably one of the most championed masters of Romanticism and the sublime, J.M.W. Turner is also one of England’s most celebrated painters. This week’s featured lot is a stunning landscape by Turner that will leave collectors thinking about picking up their checkbook. The painting, titled “Tunnel,” is a rather small but strongly vertical picture of a mountain view. Captured with feathery and expressive brushwork, a small dirt path curves into a darkened tunnel next to the steep slopes and edges of a canyon or ravine.

The painting headlines a tantalizing auction on March 22 in Miami, Florida, via Art Master Collection. Starting bids are $80,000, with estimates between $100,000 and $200,000. To learn more, visit Live Auctioneers.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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