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Venning (art history, Open U., UK) has written and lectured extensively on J M W Turner (1775-1851). In this analysis of the artist's life and work, Venning places Turner's artistic output in its historical context--a time of immense social, economic, and politic change, during which the visual arts were also in a state of flux--in order to understand the evolution of Turner's style, and considers Turner's influence on later generations, including Rothko and his contemporaries. Illustrated with some 190 b&w and color photographs, the text is academic but accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR