Turner: From darkness to light

Posted: January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Parkstone International

It was with watercolours demonstrating exceptional qualities that Turner first attracted public attention in the early 1790s, before he had yet turned twenty. As time went on, and as he developed his abilities as an exceptional oil painter, draughtsman and printmaker as well as a watercolourist, so too appreciation of his works flourished, to the extent that by 1815, the very year in which Lake of Lucerne, from the landing place at Fluelen was first seen publicly, an anonymous writer could term the artist “The First Genius of the Day”.

Dido Building Carthage; or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire, exhibited 1815.  Oil on canvas, 155.5 x 230 cm. The National Gallery, London.Dido Building Carthage; or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire, exhibited 1815. Oil on canvas, 155.5 x 230 cm. The National Gallery, London.

However, during the 1800s and 1810s he was severely criticised for his use of white, so much so that both he and other painters who followed directly in his footsteps were dubbed “the white painters”. Moreover…

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