About this artwork

The moon is shown as a small but intense semi circle of light emerging from cloud above the falls and reflected in the waters below. Turner applied a light tonal wash before working up the composition in colour. He used pen to suggest the wooded character of the steep banks and included a little more architecture than in other views of the Falls. Cooler tones dominate, appropriate for the moonlit scene. It is inscribed at the bottom left: Falls of the Rhine / 1841.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner