1775 – 1851, British Painter
Joseph Mallord William Turner is considered one of the most revered British painters of all time. The painter of light had en enduring interest and deep respect for the old masters. He portrayed nature, from the most lyrical to the most destructive.
Look for the sun – where it is; what it is doing; its physical qualities. Is it rising, setting, hiding, warming, or is frightening?
During a trip to Venice, Rome and Naples in 1819, the brilliance of the Italian sunlight changed his style and lead him to use a brighter color palette and a softer brush stroke.
Fishermen at Sea, 1796, (Tate, London)
The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up, 1839 (National Gallery, London)
Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington, 1817 (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)
Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, 1839 (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)