How to Paint Like Turner

How to Paint Like Turner

by Nicola Moorby
     
 

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British artist J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) painted unforgettable watercolors and was revered for his masterly use of shifting light and dramatic cloudscapes. Now, this clear, accessible book reveals the secrets of Turner’s technique, making his magical effects possible for today’s painters. The book examines the materials Turner used and suggests

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British artist J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) painted unforgettable watercolors and was revered for his masterly use of shifting light and dramatic cloudscapes. Now, this clear, accessible book reveals the secrets of Turner’s technique, making his magical effects possible for today’s painters. The book examines the materials Turner used and suggests modern-day equivalents to recreate his effects. Using his works as examples, chapters explore themes such as sky, water, trees, people, moonlight, and more. Step by step, contemporary artists explain how to emulate the examples and master the techniques to create other compositions. Only the Tate, the global center for Turner scholarship, could create this instructional gem.

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Library Journal
This unusual watercolor instruction book closely examines a number of watercolors painted by J.M.W. Turner, a 19th-century visionary artist who led the way toward the modern era. Tate Britain curators Moorby and Warrell, with the help of artist contributors Mike Chaplin and Tony Smibert, walk readers through copying paintings from the Tate's collection. The point of this intriguing skill exercise is to introduce readers to new techniques in the medium rather than to create convincing copies of famous masterworks. It is best suited to intermediate and experienced artists or beginners in search of a challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854378835
Publisher:
Tate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
793,931
Product dimensions:
10.84(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.67(d)

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Meet the Author

Nicola Moorby works at Tate on the Turner Bequest.

Ian Warrell is curator of 18th- and 19th-century British art at Tate.

Joyce Townsend is senior conservation scientist at Tate and the author of Turner’s Painting Techniques.

Mike Chaplin is a watercolor expert.

Tony Smibert is a painter based in Tasmania.

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