It’s half term, so that means getting out for a couple of days with the family.
Yesterday, we drove over to Margate to visit, amongst other things, the Turner Contemporary. We’ve been meaning to get over there for some time but as usual when having the kids and the dog in tow, left later than we’d hoped and went via Reculver beach, so we ended up in Margate at about 3pm.
After getting side-tracked by some great little junk/retro/antique shops and a food stop, we entered the gallery to view the ‘Turner and the Elements’ exhibition.
Turner’s association with the town of Margate started at the age of 11 when he was sent to school there and he returned regularly throughout his life to sketch and paint.
The location of this part of Kent was a huge draw for him due to the quality of the light and many of his famous seascapes were inspired by the East Kent coast. He once remarked to art critic John Ruskin that “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe.”
As we exited the gallery just before closing time at 6pm, we had, without knowing, timed it to perfection. This is what we saw. No wonder Turner had been so inspired.
Margate Harbour at Sunset