Sunday, 1 March 2015


2015-09 William Turner: Romantic Landscape Painter

William Turner Self Portrait [1799]
Joseph Mallord William Turner [1775–1851] was one of the most original painters of landscapes and seascapes in Europe. He invented new techniques to make skies and clouds look luminous and expressive. His expressionistic studies of light, colour, and atmosphere were unmatched in their range and sublimity. Turner was also one of the greatest masters of British water-colour landscape painting and was commonly known as "the painter of light".

Turner started studying at the schools of the Royal Academy at the age of 14, and exhibited at the Academy nearly every year for the rest of his life. He was influenced by Claude Lorrain and studied Lorrain’s paintings obsessively. His collection of finished paintings was bequeathed to the British nation on his death and money to the Royal Academy of Arts.

William Turner: Capriccio Venice - Oil on Canvas

William Turner: Calais Pier - Oil on Canvas

Turner's Most Passionate Defender: John Ruskin [Click Here]


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