Gastlandschaften Rheinland-Pfalz


William Turner - Standort 12 | St. Goarshausen

Footpath to Burg Katz, View of Burg Rheinfels Turner

spends the afternoon of 24th August 1817 exploring the area around St.

Goarshausen. He clambers up to Burg Katz and from this vantage point

makes the sketch which is later the basis for the watercolour he paints

on his return to London. The main body of the painting is taken up by

rocky crags and walls – an outlandish and striking compositional choice.

The viewer’s gaze is drawn upstream to the brightly illuminated valley

and Burg Rheinfels. The ruins of Burg Katz in the middle of the

picture, which do not exist in this form, are another striking feature.

Here Turner has placed a lone figure standing in an archway, in order

to emphasize the proportions of the picture. The scene appears almost

monochromatic with only a few yellow and brown hues. Today Burg Katz is

privately owned and is not open to the public.

You can reach us at:

William Turner
Nähe An der Burg Katz
56346 St. Goarshausen



Fußweg zur Burg Katz, Blick auf Burg Rheinfels (Foto: akg-images , Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.) Skizze (Foto: Tate; CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 , Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)
Arrival by train - Anreiseformular