Joseph Mallord William Turner was one of Britain's greatest artists, one of the undisputed masters of both oil and watercolour paintings.
Born sometime around 1775, much of J.M.W. Turner's works were landscapes, and he toured the Yorkshire Dales and nearby Lake District areas of northern England, depicting dramatic scenes of mountains and waterfalls which also served as inspiration for the English romantic styles.
Places which were painted or sketched by Turner in the Yorkshire Dales area include Cotter Force and Hardraw Force near Hawes, Weathercote Cave near Ingleton, and Gordale Scar near Malham.
In later years Turner turned his attention to the industrial revolution, with his famous atmospheric depictions of trains and steamships making much use of the interplay of light with the elements of the weather pioneering a romantic style which prepared the way for the Impressionist movement.
J.M.W. Turner died in 1851, and many of his works can be viewed now at the Tate Gallery in London.
Books and videos about Turner
The following books and videos about J.M.W. Turner are available via Amazon.co.uk:
- Turner in his Time by Andrew Wilton
- Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner by Franny Moyle
- Turner and the Sea by Christine Riding
- Turner by Dr. Martin Bockemuhl
In 2014 a film about Turner was released to international acclaim. "Mr. Turner" (the DVD poster for which is pictured above) was directed by Mike Leigh and starred Timothy Spall in the title role.
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