Turner Passion and Bach Return: A Review of High-profile Art Events for the Week

Immediately, two paintings by the British painter William Turner were "heroes" of the news of leading publications this week. One canvas “surfaced” in the bankruptcy case of the former financier. Another work of the forerunner of impressionism was “borrowed” by a human rights activist, who received scandalous fame. And the famous portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Johann Sebastian Bach returned to the composer’s homeland - to Leipzig.According to,, The Art Newspaper, The Guardian, the official sites of museums.

Turner? No, old furniture!

“My tongue is my enemy” and “the boaster is more harmful than a moth” - these two proverbs to the British ex-banker Jonathan Weal should be hung over the bed in your bedroom and read twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. Jonathan Wil. Photo: The Times

And the thing is that he managed to spill the words about the value of his painting. And not in private conversation, but in a television program. Which (here's a surprise!) Was accidentally watched by the manager of his property in a bankruptcy case.Fishing boats in a strong windJoseph Mallord William Turner 1805, 25 × 33 cmJonathan Wil bought the painting “Fishing boats in a strong wind” at an auction in 2004. It was assumed that it was painted by William Turner. But since the authorship was not exactly established, the estimate of the lot was only 700 - 900 pounds. Wil was not afraid to lay out the work of £ 3.7 thousand ($ 5.7 thousand) and did not lose: eight years later it was confirmed that the canvas in 1805 created one of the greatest painters in Britain, and later it was lost. In 2012 th year, Jonathan Wil declared his insolvency and is now going through bankruptcy proceedings, having unpaid debts amounting to more than £ 290 thousand (or about half a million dollars). The other day, discussing the picture of Turner on the TV show "London Evening" (London Tonight), he said that the insurance amount of "Fishing boats ..." is £ 20 million ($ 31 million). That is only three years ago, insurers estimated the entire collection of Wila at £ 400 thousand ($ 620 thousand) ...

Unfortunately for the former banker, the transfer was watched by Choy Mooi - an official appointed to manage his property at the time of the bankruptcy hearing. She told the court that her ward was hiding a costly asset. Moreover, prosecutors learned that the collection of Jonathan Wheel includes nine potentially valuable works, including a pencil sketch by Picasso.
Illustration: William Turner, Self Portrait.

“Wil’s explanations that his paintings are worthless and attempts to write them into the category of“ second-hand furniture ”are simply absurd,” Choi Mui said. The hearing goes on, concisely summarizes The Telegraph.

Turner? No, misunderstanding!

Rachel Dolezhan on the background of the painting "borrowed" from Turner. Photo: via artnet News Another Turner picture has become a source of further trouble for the artist and human rights activist Rachel Doležal, who has recently appeared in the center of the scandal. Now she was accused of plagiarism.Rachel Dolejal, The Shape of Our Kind. Photo: Rachel Dolezhaltptykh, who Dolezhal wrote acrylic, attracted the attention of Jolie Adams and Courtney Lee Adams-ml, two sharp-eyed Twitter users. They noted that its middle section, called The Shape of Our Kind, is strikingly similar to Slave Ship (“Slavers throw overboard the dead and dying. Typhoon is approaching”) - a painting by William Turner of 1840.The spice of this situation adds the fact that Rachel Dolezhal 20 years posing as an African American, being in fact of European descent. The other day because of this, she was forced to leave the post of the head of the Association for the Promotion of the Progress of the Colored People in the American City of Spokane. The artist was inspired by the real story of the slave ship "Zong", transporting "live goods" to Jamaica. Due to the cholera epidemic, crew members threw 132 sick and dying men, women and children into the sea.Slave ship Joseph Mallord William Turner 1840, 91 × 123 cm Critic John Ruskin wrote: "If I had to reduce all Turner's work to one immortal work, I would most likely choose this one." on the eve of the exhibition Given that the work Dolezhal was inextricably linked with the "black identity", we can decide that it specifically focused on famous paintings depicting the horrors of slavery. However, in the annotation to his picture on the Art Pal portal, where the work is put up for sale, the author describes a fake for Turner simply as “part of a larger work depicting misunderstanding, loss and closeness in a relationship. The sharks and pigeons in it symbolize the contrast between cynicism and optimism, and the violent storm is compensated for by the vertical ray of the sun. ”

Although Dolezhal and imagined himself as a “laureate of awards and a participant in more than 20 exhibitions,” her work was not particularly interested in the public until the “racial” scandal, artnet News reports. Well, and Turner, it seems, completely “drowned” her art reputation ...

Turner? No, bah!

The opening moment of the portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach by Elias Gotlib Hausman. Photo: Peter Endig via AFP Photo / DPA

The iconic portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach by Elias Gotlieb Hausman for the first time in a decade again appeared before the audience. Last Friday, the canvas to the enthusiastic applause opened for all to see in Leipzig.
The portrait of the composer was bequeathed to Bach Archives by American philanthropist William Scheide, who died last November at the age of one hundred years.

The location of the portrait was unknown for several years after its owner Walter Jenke (Walter Jenke) in 1930 fled from the Nazis from Breslau - the current Wroclaw. During World War II, he handed over the painting for storage in the village house of his friends, the Gardiner family, in the English county of Dorset.
Interestingly, the president of Bach Archives, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, grew up in the house where the portrait was kept - a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more . The famous composer noted that seeing the picture in the hometown of Bach Leipzig is “a great pleasure”.The canvas was exhibited in the Leipzig Church of St. NikolayRabot Elias Gotlib Houseman, made in 1748, apparently, is the only true portrait of Bach. The picture is estimated at $ 2.5 million, although for music fans, it is simply priceless.
Well, as we can see, the paintings in our time sometimes “float up” in the most unexpected way: in an almost museum hall and in a courtroom, from appearing in public in its true form to banal plagiarism.