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Turner On The Seine

Ian Warrell

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ISBN 10: 185437219X / ISBN 13: 9781854372192
Published by TATE GALLERY, 1999
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Title: Turner On The Seine


Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Long before the Impressionists began to paint on the River Seine, J. M. W. Turner produced a group of forty views that defined the river's appearance for his generation. It is this set of vibrantly coloured and technically brilliant designs, first published in 1834 and 1835, that forms the subject of this book.
The book demonstrates how Turner's respect for the great French landscape painters of the past went hand in hand with the uncompromising modernity of his approach to the project, where he concentrated on the new steamboats plying the Seine, a recent innovation in river transport.


Turner on the Seine brings together all the watercolor sketches the artist made for his 1834 book of views of the River Seine, together with hundreds of black-and-white related images. It constitutes a companion volume to Ian Warrell's Turner on the Loire, the painter's other river-views project, and it is every bit as handsome. The range of visual styles impresses the viewer, along with the compositional perfection and luminous sense of light that Turner demonstrates. Some of these images carry the mark of classic Turner, but others would not look out of place in a collection of impressionist paintings; it is not surprising to learn that Pissarro and Monet admired these images enormously. Others still seem even more modern, as with the near-abstract Sail Boat at Rouen; in some, the pen work overlaying the watercolor strokes resembles the work of the most proficient illustrators, like Paul Hogarth.

It is hard to imagine an art book having higher production standards than this. The text is informative and sharply written; there is something to delight the eye on every page in black and white or color; and the reproduction of the plates is exquisite, particularly in the precision of the blue inks. --Adam Roberts,

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