J.M.W. Turner Masterpieces of Art Hardback
Part of the Masterpieces of Art series
The English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775-19 December 1851) was a brilliant landscape artist, a watercolourist and printmaker.
His style, powerful and fierce, melding the elements with humankind are thought by many to have prepared the way for Impressionism.
In his time he was controversial, but his focus on land and seascapes widened the palette of artists and their audience, and his impressionistic brushwork prepared the way for the fragmentation of the modern era.
This wonderful new book brings to life his greatest achievements, with such paintings as The Fighting 'Temeraire', Inside Tintern Abbey and Rain, Steam and Speed (The Great Western Railway).
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, 100 Illustrations, color
- Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing
- Publication Date: 24/02/2014
- Category: Art & design styles: Romanticism
- ISBN: 9781783612062
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Review by gbill
A concise biography of J.M.W. Turner and selection of 86 of his works, shown full-page in all their glory. Turner was such a transitional artist, painting (and elevating) classical landscapes but then along the way fusing color and light in ways that were well ahead of their time, predating the Impressionists and more abstract artists who would follow several decades later. The top 10 for me, in chronological order, are as follows. It’s interesting, in looking some of these up online, in images from Wikipedia, Tate, et al the colors are sometimes less vibrant. Turner apparently used pigments that he knew were not durable, with the result being many of his colors fading. The book appears to have attempted to restore some of this. Anywho, some faves: Weymouth – 1811Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps – 1812Norham Castle, on the River Tweed – 1822-23Staffa, Finagal’s Cave - 1832Disaster at Sea – 1835(?)The Fighting Temeraine – 1839The Slave Ship: Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying – Typhoon Coming On – 1840Venice: Looking Across The Lagoon at Sunset - 1840Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth – 1842Rain, Steam, and Speed (The Great Western Railway) – 1844The Angel Standing in the Sun – 1846Whoopsie, that’s 11. Ah, well.