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TURNER: Painting Romantic Landscapes

Theme: Watercolour Paintings of J M W Turner. Paintings depicting effects of light.
Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire, England from the south west by William Turner, 1799.

Exhibition one's artwork is very hard for every artists. But can you imagine a teenager boy who had exhibited his landscapes? Yes. The boy would be called Joseph Mallord William Turner in his life. he was a British painter of romantic landscapes and was born in London, in the year, 1775. In the period when Turner and John Sargent were doing paintings, the water colours were very much popular. These paintings had become the part of British identity for the art in those era. Turner had produced a wonderful collection of both watercolour and oil paintings. He had cultivated master over both of theses mediums. His innovative style had become a new path for contemporary artists in Europe.

The Artists: One of the greatest artists of Nineteenth century, Joseph Mallord William Turner, was a British painter. it was time when Britain lagged behind the artists of other European countries like France and Italy. But with the rise of the flood of Turner's paintings, the British art got a required stimulation and the due recognition.

Turner's landscape paintings are masterpieces of all the time. He mainly painted his artworks in watercolour. After Turner’s work became famous, the art of water colour painting got its due share of fame, equal to the ‘history paintings’. He had bestowed such a credit to the artworks done in watercolour.

The Art: Turner, a son of a wig-maker, was born in London on 23rd April 1775. He died on December 19, 1851. When a landscape painter like Turner wants painting a landscape, he or she desires creating harmonious relationship between the vast canvass of the Mother Earth and the palates in his or her hand. The element of the beauty of nature is the starting point for the landscape paintings. The painting might be coming being filtered from the memories of a painter. In landscape painting a falling of rain, reflection of trees in the water of pond or a splash of light piercing from the fog could be a great subject for the artwork.

In the history of European art, the name of Turner is a glittering one. He was the artist who really competed with the work of the master artists along with his contemporaries. He was considered as a worthy rival to most of the European painters. He had made some oil paintings that could claim to be kept alongside of the old masters of the art of paintings; such was turner's deep study of those master artists' works done during seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The above painting is one of the best artworks done by Turner. Here the artist keeps in mind trying to recreate the feel and smell of the earth. If the artists succeed in doing so, then the resultant artwork would be a piece that would depict the reality that was before the artist’s eyes. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Petworth Park: Tillington Church in the background -by Turner

When a painter puts his or her colours on canvas for making a landscape in mind, the final artwork would be like a visual poem. It would be like a visual statement of the emotions felt by the artist. Painters of landscape generally choose subjects involving everyday objects that provide the inspiration to express the joy of light, colour and shape. In addition to the celebration of the beauty of The Mother Earth, the landscape paintings explore colour harmony and the pattern of the process of painting that peels back every layer of human feelings. (Image courtesy By Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) Alternative names J. M. W. Turner Description British painter and printmaker Date of birth/death 23 April 1775(1775-04-23) 19 December 1851(1851-12-19) Location of birth/death London Chelsea Work location London, Britain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland [public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

The Grand Canal - Venice ( Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons )

When an artist go on tour, he or she keeps three things in pocket: Paint, brushes, and the heart. Turner did the same. When he went to Venice, he had painted a series of paintings. One of these wonderful landscapes and seascapes is the above painting. Grand Canal of Venice has remained one of the most alluring subject for the artists who cannot resist the wonderful architecture set behind and the pleasant sky with ever-changing beauty. Here in this painting,turner had carefully planned and painted the scene from a wonderful angle.

Turner had biggest collection of paintings. He would paint three or four watercolour at a time. He did it so the temptation to change a painting would not indulging before the colour is sufficiently dry!!! His oil paintings are the real treasure of British Museum and the world art.

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