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Turner

Author: Barry Venning; J M W Turner
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2003.
Series: Art & ideas.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"J. M. W. Turner was a painter whose treatment of light put him squarely in the pantheon of the world's preeminent artists, but his character was a tangle of fascinating contradictions. While he could be coarse and rude, manipulative, ill-mannered, and inarticulate, he was also generous, questioning, and humane, and he displayed through his work a hitherto unrecognized optimism about the course of human progress.  Read more...
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Venning, Barry.
Turner.
London ; New York : Phaidon, 2003
(OCoLC)691129362
Named Person: J M W Turner; J M W Turner; J M W Turner; Joseph Mallord William Turner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Venning; J M W Turner
ISBN: 0714839884 9780714839882
OCLC Number: 51870721
Description: 351 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 map ; 22 cm.
Contents: Lesser walks of art --
Nationality with all her littleness --
Beaten by frost --
Yellow fever --
First genius of thermodynamics --
Gradute of Oxford --
Last days of Admiral booth --
From Maiden Lane to Fifth Avenue.
Series Title: Art & ideas.
Responsibility: Barry Venning.

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An overview of the prolific career of the highly influential artist.  Read more...

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'This lively, prolifically illustrated survey illuminates the career of Britain's greatest artist in a host of ways. Deftly sketching in the political, social and artistic background to his career, Read more...

 
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