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Fantastic selection but disappointlingly poor print quality,
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This review is from: Turner: His Life and Works in 500 Images (Hardcover)
Contrary to the other reviewers that have raved about this book, i'm not overly impressed with what i've found. I'm an artist myself and have a good library of books which includes several on Turner. The range of reproductions on offer in the book is outstanding. Many of these paintings you probably won't find reproduced anywhere else, certainly not all in one book. However, in the majority of cases the paintings have not been reproduced anywhere near true to life. The colours have been intensified so that the paintings come across almost garish and this loses the subtlety that is found in Turner's real paintings. The resolution of the reproductions is also not particularly sharp, they are a bit fuzzy. Therefore I can only recommend this book as an introduction, there are much better books out there on Turner, perhaps try 'A Wonderful Range of Mind' or 'Turner in his Time'.