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Joseph Mallord William Turner was born on April 23, 1775. He was best known for his romantic oil paintings, but was also considered a master at watercolor, regarded as one of the founders of English watercolor landscape paintings. His early life was difficult. His mother was mentally unstable, and he was soon sent to live with his uncle in 1785 in a small town west of London. He then became interested in paintings, creating numerous drawings over the course of his childhood, and in 1789, when he was only 14, he entered the Royal Academy of Art schools. At the age of 15, he received the rare honor of having one of his art exhibited at the Academy. At the age of 18, he owned his own studio, and paint sellers clamored to buy his paintings. He passed away on December 19, 1851, and was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
During the course of his career, Joseph Turner painted an innumerous number of phenomenal pieces. After becoming a full member of the Royal Academy at the young age of 27, he began to travel widely around Europe. As he traveled, he took care to study both the effects of the sea as well as the atmosphere in all kinds of weather. With this knowledge in hand, he created landscapes with brilliant color and light, infused with his romantic feelings. Venice, which he visited frequently, had not only a delicate landscape but also fine weather, leading him to some of his greatest works. The subjects of his drawings mostly focus on nature, but he would also add human elements, showing both his affection for humanity as well as their vulnerability in comparison to nature. He liked to experience most of the nature of his works in real life, if possible; for example, it is said that he rushed to witness the burning of Paliament in 1834 first-hand, which became the subject of one of his watercolor sketches soon afterwards. His style is based in using oils ever so transparently to create a veil of shimmering colors that seemingly emit a pulse of “pure light.” However, he had few close friends and mostly painted in isolation. To prepare for his drawings, he would take meticulous notes such as the shapes of clouds or simply examine the scenerary for as much as two days before reaching an epiphany and begin drawing.
The reason I chose this artist was because of his stunning depictions of nature, which ranged from a serene mother watching over its children on Earth to a deranged Viking manifested in chaos, sometimes with both depictions in the same drawing. I also marvel at his ability to “capture” light in his drawings, which he creates using only brilliant color. His drawings are simply marvels to behold, existing in the fine line between romanticism and realism.
Wreckers Coast of Northumberland,
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons
Norham Castle, Sunrise