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J. M. W. Turner: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Peter Ackroyd
0385507984
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In the second volume of his Brief Lives series, which commenced with a biography of Chaucer, Ackroyd presents another major cultural figure, the English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). In straightforward fashion, Ackroyd outlines the career of this remarkable man, who progressed rapidly from his early years as a student at the Royal Academy to prominence as one of England's foremost painters, creating dramatic works in which he explored the glowing effects of light fused with air, water, fire and steam. Turner's paintings, which often approach abstraction, astounded and shocked his critics, causing some to say he was a madman, an assessment reinforced by his eccentric, irascible character. Ackroyd shows how the artist, who never married and lived all his life with his father —though...


Turner
Michael Bockemuhl
3822863254
May 2000
Paperback
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Turner
Barry Venning
0714839884
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The son of a London barber, J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was an artistic prodigy who earned the recognition of his peers while still a very young man, and subsequently dominated British landscape painting. His fame spread to Europe and America during his lifetime, and after his death his achievements were ranked alongside those of the Old Masters. He measured himself against such predecessors as Claude Lorrain, and yet the chromatic brilliance and unusual compositions of his later paintings have drawn comparisons with more recent artists, including the Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists.


Turner and the Sublime
Andrew Wilton
0226061892
June 1981
Paperback
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Book Description
Throughout his life Turner was profoundly influenced by the eighteenth-century aesthetic theory of the "sublime." However, as Andrew Wilton now shows, the sublime was not merely a springboard for Turner's innovations; he reinterpreted the theory with great individualism and offered it to the world as a fresh and even more far-reaching philosophy of art.

The 140 illustrations, which include 32 in color, reproduce watercolors and prints that demonstrate the development of Turner's response to the sublime in areas as various as architecture, the picturesque, the "terrific," the sea, cities, mountains, and lakes. Many of the subjects have not previously been published.



J. M. W. Turner
Elbert Hubbard
142534240X
December 2005
Paperback
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The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner
Martin Butlin
0300032765
July 1986
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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J. M. W. Turner
Eric Shanes
1859959059
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This lovely exhibition catalog, which accompanies a show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on the finished watercolors of J.M.W. Turner, clearly demonstrates their importance to his oeuvre. Turner developed a loyal following of collectors through exhibitions of his watercolors at the Royal Academy around 1800 and the circulation of over 800 prints based on his paintings and watercolors. The legacy of his watercolors continued through the adamant support of critic John Ruskin and in their influence on the Pre-Raphaelites and others. Essays by Shanes, the founding editor of Turner Studies, and other Turner scholars explore many facets of his art. For example, Turner's working technique for his watercolors involved saturating the sheets of strong, rag paper with a single color and then scratching the paper for...


J. M. W. Turner: Watercolours and Drawings
Colin Harrison
1854441221
September 2004
Hardcover
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J. M. W. Turner Postcards
Joseph Mallord William Turner
0486261190
Oct 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Idyllic views of Caernarvon Castle, the Roman Colosseum, the Castle of Chillon, Windsor Castle, Lucerne, the cities and castles of the Rhine, by the great English Romantic painter. Introduction. Notes.


Oxford Companion to J. M. W. Turner
Evelyn Joll (Editor)
0198600259
March 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Turner's vast output offers little information about his personal life, making a complete biography even less possible than a catalogue raisonn . Given these constraints, this first "Oxford Companion" devoted to the work of one artist attains an impressive breadth of vision and attention to detail. Three British Turner experts (a dealer, a curator, and an academic) assembled 53 scholars drawn from both sides of the Atlantic and from a variety of "Turneriana" viewpoints to produce close to 800 entries. Access is provided in alphabetical form, preceded by a classified contents list arranged under major themes such as "Patrons," "Literary Figures Important to Turner," and "Topography." Articles may appear under multiple headings in this listing. Each entry includes many cross references marked by an asterisk and,...


Turner's Prints
Luke Herrmann
0714825530
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Turner: The Late Seascapes
James Hamilton
0300099002
May 2003
Hardcover
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From The New Yorker
Showered with honors from the time he was in his teens, J. M. W. Turner had few setbacks in his long career as England's finest Romantic landscape painter. But the secret of his success, Hamilton suggests in this lively biography, had almost as much to do with an outsized gift for self-promotion as with artistic talent. From cocksure student to arrogant academician, Turner emerges as a greedy, status-obsessed egotist whose revolutionary treatment of light and color was offset by a good deal of bad poetry, not to mention bad manners. If the artist's self-avowed ambition was to surpass Claude Lorraine, he showed equal aptitude for dealing real estate, playing off patrons, and neglecting his family—his mentally disturbed mother died forgotten in an asylum. Still, for Hamilton no personal flaw can mar a...


Turner As Draughtsman
Andrew Wilton
0754600262
Apr 2006
Paperback
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Turner, Whistler, Monet
Katherine Lochnan
1854375326
April 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Surely it’s an overstatement to call Claude Monet’s seminal 1872-3 canvas Impression, Sunrise the "offspring" of J.M.W. Turner’s sunsets and J.M. Whistler’s nocturnes, as Lochnan does in the preface to this book, which accompanies an exhibit that she curated at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Not that there were no connections among the three painters: Turner clearly anticipated the later two artists’ interest in delicate, fleeting light effects; favorite subjects for all three included sunsets in Venice and fogs on the Thames, and all three were dogged by accusations that their sketchy, spontaneous pictures looked "unfinished." But by exaggerating these connections into a direct lineage, Lochnan flattens out the complexities and falls back on tenuous hypotheticals. Case in point:...


Vanishing Point
Andrea Fredericksen
1854375687
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Over a period of 30 years, J.M.W. Turner taught perspective to the students of the Royal Academy in London. To aid him in his lectures he produced a portfolio of striking diagrams in red and black watercolor on paper, demonstrating various artistic and critical theories on perspective. A selection of these extraordinary works, long held in the Turner archives at Tate and catalogued by John Ruskin, is published here for the first time, accompanied by an incisive and accessible essay by Turner scholar Andrea Fredericksen. AUTHOR BIO: Andrea Fredericksen has recently finished cataloguing J.M.W. Turner's perspective drawings in Tate's Turner Bequest.

About the Author
Andrea Fredericksen has recently finished cataloguing J.M.W. Turner's perspective drawings in Tate's Turner...


Turner: Life and Landscape
Olivier Meslay
0810992078
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Well-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations, each Discoveries(r) volume is a look at one facet of art, archaeology, music, history, philosophy, popular culture, science, or nature. These innovatively designed, affordably priced, compact paperbacks bring ideas to life and amplify our understanding of civilization in a new way.J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), considered by many to be England's greatest painter, made remarkable contributions to European art history. In a stunning career that spanned from the late 18th century to the mid-19th, Turner painted luminous, mystic landscapes inspired by his ceaseless travels through England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy. The treatment of light in his work, especially his glowing, misty sunrises and sunsets, forecast many of the...

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