Argentine museum hosts exhibit of J.M.W. Turner watercolors

Buenos Aires, Sep 26 (EFE).- A collection of 85 watercolors by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) have traveled from their permanent home at Tate Britain to Buenos Aires for the start of a Latin American tour.

The exhibit, which will be on display at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in the capital through Feb. 17, is organized chronologically and thematically to show the evolution of Turner's style and the importance of watercolors in the painter's life.

Turner's growing experience brought a change in his handling of color and of transitions from dark to light.

"The tones become more brilliant," curator David Blayney Brown, one of the world's foremost experts on Turner, told reporters Wednesday during a tour of the exhibit.

Even though he was born in London and eventually established his studio there, Turner rarely painted scenes of the city because he was constantly traveling.

The recognition he got for his watercolors positioned Turner to become a celebrated artist years later with his oil paintings.