Monday, July 30, 2012

JMW Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is usually classified as a Romantic landscape painter. It is not, I think, hyperbole to nominate him for the title of greatest painter in English history. While there were many great English painters, no one was as dramatically innovative as Turner. His landscapes often border on the abstract - in this he was at least a generation ahead of his time. Although accomplished as an oil painter, many of Turner's greatest works were done in watercolor.

Like another great 19th century artist - the Russian Aivazovsky - Turner was an accomplished painter of seascapes. This first set of Turner paintings features some of these.

More Turner links: Metropolitan Museum of Art and  The National Gallery, London.

 'Hurrah! for the Whaler Erebus! Another Fish!' (1846)

 East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward (1828)

 Fishermen at Sea (1796) 

 Seascape with Storm Coming On (ca. 1840)

 Snow Storm - Steam-boat off a Harbour's Mouth (1842)

 Stormy Sea with Blazing Wreck (1835-40)

 The Dort, Packet Boat from Rotterdam, Becalmed (1818)

 Van Tromp, Going about his Master's Business (1839)

 Van Tromp's Shallop at the Mouth of the Scheldt (1832)

 Whalers (Boiling Blubber) Entangled in Flaw Ice, Endeavouring to Extricate Themselves (1846)

Yacht Approaching the Coast (1840-45)

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