Turner

ISBN-10: 0812967917
ISBN-13: 9780812967913
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Hamilton
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Description: J.M.W. Turner was a painter whose treatment of light put him squarely in the pantheon of the world's preeminent artists, but his character was a tangle of fascinating contradictions. While he could be coarse and rude, manipulative, ill-mannered, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

J.M.W. Turner was a painter whose treatment of light put him squarely in the pantheon of the world's preeminent artists, but his character was a tangle of fascinating contradictions. While he could be coarse and rude, manipulative, ill-mannered, and inarticulate, he was also generous, questioning, and humane, and he displayed through his work a hitherto unrecognized optimism about the course of human progress. With two illegitimate daughters and several mistresses whom Turner made a career of not including in his public life, the painter was also known for his entrepreneurial cunning, demanding and receiving the highest prices for his work. Over the course of sixty years, Turner traveled thousands of miles to seek out the landscapes of England and Europe. He was drawn overwhelmingly to coasts, to the electrifying rub of the land with the sea, and he regularly observed their union from the cliff, the beach, the pier, or from a small boat. Fueled by his prodigious talent, Turner revealed to himself and others the personality of the British and European landscapes and the moods of the surrounding seas. He kept no diary, but his many sketchbooks are intensely autobiographical, giving clues to his techniques, his itineraries, his income and expenditures, and his struggle to master the theories of perspective. In Turner, James Hamilton takes advantage of new material discovered since the 1975 bicentennial celebration of the artist's birth, paying particular attention to the diary of sketches with which Turner narrated his life. Hamilton's textured portrait is fully complemented by a sixteen-page illustrations insert, including many color reproductions of Turner's most famous landscapepaintings. Seamlessly blending vibrant biography with astute art criticism, Hamilton writes with energy, style, and erudition to address the contradictions of this great artist. "From the Hardcover edition."

Illustrations
Family Tree
Map of London
Map of England, Wales, and Scotland
Map of Europe
Introduction
Prologue: April 27, 1775
Maiden Lane and Brentford: 1775-1790
"...an eye for nature...": 1790-1798
"Turner, a young artist...": 1798-1802
Royal Academician: "Confident, presumptuous-with talent": 1802-1806
Various Degrees of Friendship: 1806-1811
"The difficulty great...": 1811-1812
"...the first genius of the day...": 1813-1817
Into Europe: I: 1817-1819
Into Europe: II: 1819-1820
"The author of gamboge light": 1820-1828
Italy: "Terra Pittura": 1828-1829
"My jaundiced eye": 1829-1836
Gathering Mortality: 1836-1842
"The great lion of the day": 1843-1851
Turner and Thornbury
Turner's Medical Recipes
Dr. David Price's Affidavit
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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