J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour

As a blind person would see the world if the gift of sight suddenly returned so might one describe the effect of Turner s paintings on the observer John Ruskin, the uncompromising nineteenth century defender of the painting of William Turner 1775 1851 spoke of the innocence of the eye , which perceives the colors and forms of the world before it recognizes their s As a blind person would see the world if the gift of sight suddenly returned so might one describe the effect of Turner s paintings on the observer John Ruskin, the uncompromising nineteenth century defender of the painting of William Turner 1775 1851 spoke of the innocence of the eye , which perceives the colors and forms of the world before it recognizes their significance But in order to develop such a style, Turner first had to overcome the entire legacy of late rococo academic teachings He was simultaneously a romantic and a realist and yet he was neither His landscapes, far in advance of their time, have been called forerunners of Impressionism, but they also posses traits that influenced Expressionism, and many of his late compositions are thoroughly surrealistic.
J M W Turner The World of Light and Colour As a blind person would see the world if the gift of sight suddenly returned so might one describe the effect of Turner s paintings on the observer John Ruskin the uncompromising nineteenth century d

  • Title: J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour
  • Author: Michael Bockemühl Michael Bockemühl
  • ISBN: 9783822863251
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour”

    1. On the plus side, the book had a good selection of Turner's paintings and you could really see his development from classical painter to someone with a style all his own, ahead of his time by 50 years or so. At least that's what I could tell from looking at the reproductions. Reading the text was a different story. The author seemed keen on telling you what he could see in each painting but referred to paintings on different pages and ones not even in the book, annoyingly. When I worked in newsp [...]

    2. I'm giving two stars for the excellent reproductions and decent selection of paintings. The text, however, is another matter indeed. For one, it lacks sufficient details on Turner's private and artistic life which would help reader interpret his paintings. Furthermore it focuses almost solely on describing the paintings itself (for what, can't the reader see for him/her-self?). Often the author goes on describing paintings that are not even in the book, but when he actually does write about the [...]

    3. I started reading this book back when I was still silly and in love with my awful ex. Turner was his favorite artist, and I wanted to get into his mind (my ex's mind, that is) so I threw myself into this book enthusiastically. It's been a little over a month and I'm older, wiser, and completely over that jerk. Turner, on the other hand, I am just starting to appreciate. For someone who didn't really engage with his paintings before, this was a very good book for me. It had high quality reproduct [...]

    4. This was a bit more technical than I was expecting but I love Turner and this gave me some new insights about his paintings and style. Too bad I already went to London this year (a good chunk of his work is at Tate and the National Gallery as can be expected ) because I'd have enjoyed seeing those paintings with new eyes.

    5. The pictures are nice for reference, but lack enough quality to examine the details of his paintings. Granted, Turner's paintings are typically large scale with a lot of textures, making photographic reproduction nearly impossible. As for the commentary, it did not really match will with the layout and lacked sizzle. For such a dynamic and influential painter the text was very dry and drab.

    6. As suas obras são lindas, mas eu achei o texto muito técnico e acadêmico, diferentemente dos demais títulos da coleção. Gostaria que o mesmo fosse mais palatável, mais gostoso de ler.

    7. Turner is a magnificent artist. The commentary was more muddled and incomprehensible than Turner's late work (which I truly admire).

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