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Turner in His Time
     

Turner in His Time

by Andrew Wilton
 

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Spectacular reproductions of Turner's works, set in the context of the artist's themes, ventures, and journeys in England and Europe
J. M. W. Turner is one of the most famousand most mysterious of artists. His paintings are among the masterpieces of Western art, and the range of his work and the originality of his technique make him a giant. He kept his private

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Spectacular reproductions of Turner's works, set in the context of the artist's themes, ventures, and journeys in England and Europe
J. M. W. Turner is one of the most famousand most mysterious of artists. His paintings are among the masterpieces of Western art, and the range of his work and the originality of his technique make him a giant. He kept his private life a secret, and his contradictory personality, his love of mystification, and his revolutionary manner of painting all fascinated his contemporaries and still arouse our curiosity today.
Andrew Wilton's knowledge and enthusiasm uniquely qualify him to introduce us to the artist's life, and he concentrates here on original sources: Turner's writings, in the form of letters, notes, and verse; impressions recorded by his contemporaries; and reviews of his exhibited works. A comprehensive illustrated chronology covers Turner's travels, exhibitions, and projects, and includes portraits of his friends and patrons, views of places with which he was associated, and works by other artists who played a crucial role in forming his style and thought.

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First published in 1987 and here set forth in a larger format with new, more sumptuous illustrations (some 200 in total, most in color) and 44 new works (including a recently discovered watercolor), this significant publication by noted scholar and curator Wilton attempts to situate the career, life, and works of the great English landscape artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) within documentary accounts provided by contemporaries, letters, notes, reviews, and Turner's own writings. Wilton endeavors to correct and avoid the shortcomings of previous standard biographies and art histories while helping readers glimpse and understand the contrary geniuses of his subject, whom many considered ordinary, secretive, miserly, eccentric, awkward, selfish, shrewd, highly intellectual, and more. Largely successful, well written, and sufficiently documented—but not necessarily easy to read owing to the author's primarily factual rather than interpretive methodological approach—this chronologically arranged, revisionist presentation includes explanatory captions, an illustrated chronology, and an inventory of the contents of Turner's London house and personal library. Sufficiently enhancing and updating the earlier edition, also by Wilton, it belongs in most research-oriented art book collections held by academic, public, and special libraries. Strongly recommended.
—Cheryl Ann Lajos Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500238301
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
326,578
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Andrew Wilton was the first curator of the Core Gallery for the Turner Collection at Tate Britain, London, and is the author of many books on the artist.

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