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J.M.W. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now widely regarded as one of the greatest landscape painters in the history of art, creating compelling and atmospheric work in oil and watercolour as well as being skilled printmaker. Commonly known as 'the painter of light', his work is regarded as a romantic preface to Impressionism.
Drawing mainly on works in Tate's unparalleled collection, this lavishly illustrated book provides a general survey of Turner as a master artist. Published to coincide with a major touring exhibition in Australia and Japan, the book also considers his work in relation to colonial art of the time, as well as the importance of the print market and discussions on Turner's methods and materials.
with essays from key academics and a detailed biography, this comprehensive study is a welcome addition for the general reader on Turner's oeuvre, his importance within the development of British art and his place as the figurehead of Tate's national collection.

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Ian Warrell, an independent curator formerly at Tate, has written extensively on Turner and curated exhibitions on many aspects of his art.

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"Invitation To the Majesty and Mastery of J.M.W.Turner" 21 Jan. 2014
By Ivana Mladenovic - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Tate Gallery, London in collaboration with Art Gallery of South Australia and National Gallery of Australia, has produced an important exhibition entitled "Turner From the Tate: The Making of A Master." This highly detailed catalog that accompanied it is intended to glorify and illuminate almost every known biographical fact, artistic agenda, unique experiment, public criticism, lasting friendship, and undoubted success of the greatest landscape painter of 19th century Britain, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).
Contributions for this book come from numerous scholars graciously sharing their profound expertise concerning the artist's technical training and prowess, his special attentiveness to pigments and their applications, and his rise to prominent and unrivaled master painter of oils and watercolors.
Critics and the viewing public were not always favorably inclined to his richly textured brushstrokes and color strategies which they labeled as "indistinct", "spinach and egg" and "soapsuds and whitewash." However, Turner moved out of the storm by always asserting and defending his independent approach. For example, his use of yellow pigment to fill compositions with light, red pigment to give emphasis and focus to minute details, and brown and white ground to accentuate his vigorous and precise energetic output, gave him the exclusive identity he desired.
The contributors also chronicle Turner's multiple experiences as an avid traveler and devoted naturalist. He remained on a continuous quest for new and inspirational sources of vision. Every year he took sketching tours throughout England, Wales, and Scotland. France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland also fascinated him. He enjoyed recording the significance of the cathedrals, castles, towering ruins, mountain ranges, rocky crags, lakes, and rivers he came into contact with. The luminous beauty of these encounters is preserved in his almost 300 sketchbooks.
The authors of this catalog additionally parallel Turner's life-changing insights and inspirations with his methodical process of observing, incorporating, and transforming on-the-spot sketches into a singularly accurate, dramatic, and powerful manner. Selected examples of these famous depictions include: Ely Cathedral (1797), Durham Cathedral-Interior (c.1798), Norham Castle, Sunrise (c. 1798), St. Gotthard's Pass (1802), Venice-The Bridge of Sighs (1840), and others.
Most importantly, this absorbing study equates Turner's popular, heroic status with his prodigious talent, competitive nature, and determined zeal to step out of his humble beginnings. As a result, this catalog reveals a resilient man wisely navigating through the uncertainties of fame. He ultimately benefited from his careful collaborations with the public press, the Royal Academy of Art, and from his lucrative production and distribution of historical prints, engravings of tourist sites, and idealized images of grand estates for demanding patrons.
In its conception, this exceedingly informative catalog accomplishes J.M.W. Turner's goal of placing the spectator and interpreter of his work at the privileged center of his specific thoughts and activities.
The catalog and exhibit are a magnification of Turner's life approached with dedicated and close inspection, interesting sensitivity, and complete involvement. It can serve as a starting point for assimilating immense information about Turner's scrutiny of natural processes, human struggles, and emotional responses.
In this context, the preserved archives of his 300 oil paintings and more than 20,000 finished and unfinished studies, watercolors, and drawings comprising his bequest to the British nation in 1851, take on a new historic and contemporary relevance.
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taste the Tate! 14 Jun. 2014
By K.Jayaram - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Is this a book or a catalogue?! Hardly any mention any where about the number of Paintings and its size or the printing quality which misleads a buyer. As I was about to buy this book but due to lack of proper information or reviews, I back out! Such highly priced books should provide with adequate information for a possible buyer and also offer a few images to get the feel of the book which only tempts buyers!? Also, I am always disappointed with the vertical format of such high end photography and landscape artists series books instead they should of coffee table horizontal format. The vertical format books always distorts the impact of an horizontal image, especially of those great masters - Printers and publishers should now rethink of the horizontal format.
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