[Turner, J.M.W.] Butlin, Martin. Watercolours from the Turner Bequest 1819-1845. First Edition. London, The Tate Gallery Publications, 1968. 30cm x 22cm. 30 pages with 24 colour plates. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in original slipcase. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Name of preowner on endpaper. Trilingual Edition (English, German, French). Joseph Mallord William J. M. W. Turner, RA (23 April 1775 - 19 December 1851) was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as the painter of light and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. Turner's talent was recognised early in his life. Financial independence allowed Turner to innovate freely; his mature work is characterised by a chromatic palette and broadly applied atmospheric washes of paint. According to David Piper's The Illustrated History of Art, his later pictures were called fantastic puzzles. However, Turner was still recognised as an artistic genius: the influential English art critic John Ruskin described Turner as the artist who could most stirringly and truthfully measure the moods of Nature. (Piper 321) Turner's major venture into printmaking was the Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies), a set of seventy prints that the artist worked on from 1806 to 1819. The Liber Studiorum was an expression of his intentions for landscape art. Loosely based on Claude Lorrain's Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth), the plates were meant to be widely disseminated, and categorised the genre into six types: Marine, Mountainous, Pastoral, Historical, Architectural, and Elevated or Epic P..
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Book Description Trustees of the Tate Gallery, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0900874406