Aug 18, 2009

23rd Aug 2009;Documentaries on Art - 7 - TURNER

Documentaries on Art – 7

23rd Aug 2009 ; 5.45pm
Ashwin Hospital Auditorium
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J M W Turner

"A group of French painters, united in the same aesthetic aims...applying themselves with passion to the rendering of form in movement as well as the fugitive phenomena of light, cannot forget that they have been preceded in this path by a great master of the English, the illustrious Turner." (from a letter signed by Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, and others)

Over the course of six decades, J M W Turner transformed the genre of landscape through works that proclaimed him heir to the old masters even while they heralded a new and visionary direction in 19th-century painting. Known for his technical brilliance and startling use of light and color, he incorporated learned references to literature, mythology, and historical events in his pictures. His commitment to the idea that watercolor equaled oil painting in complexity and expressive power raised the standard for others working in the medium. And his exquisitely rendered works, heralded for their virtuosity, inspired generations of artists.
Turner was born in London, England, on April 23, 1775. By the age of 13 he was making drawings at home. Turner was 15 years old when he received a rare honor--one of his paintings was exhibited at the Royal Academy. By the time he was 18 he had his own studio. Before he was 20 print sellers were eagerly buying his drawings for reproduction. He quickly achieved a fine reputation and was elected an associate of the Royal Academy. In 1802, when he was only 27, Turner became a full member. He then began traveling widely in Europe.
Suitable vehicles for Turner's imagination were to be found in the subjects of shipwrecks, fires, natural catastrophes, and natural phenomena such as sunlight, storm, rain, and fog. He was also fascinated by the violent power of the sea. In his later years he used oils ever more transparently, and turned to an evocation of almost pure light by use of shimmering colour.
A prime example of his mature style can be seen in Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway, where the objects are barely recognizable. The intensity of hue and interest in evanescent light not only placed Turner's work in the vanguard of English painting, but later exerted an influence upon art in France, as well; the Impressionists, particularly Claude Monet, carefully studied his techniques.
His entire life was devoted to his art. Turner's art has always been controversial. Turner is a wonderfully contradictory figure: the passionate academic painter and the reluctant experimentalist.
(Source: Internet)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A marvelleous summary!

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