Saturday, April 23, 2022

Apr. 23: J. M. W. Turner, English painter


J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was an English painter known for the expressive use of light and color in his paintings, as well as his imaginative landscapes. He produced over 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolors, and 30,000 works on paper. Today he is regarded as having elevated landscape painting to equal the eminence of painting historical subjects. He was a very private person who never married, but fathered two daughters by his housekeeper. In his final years he lived in squalor and poor health. His works include Dido building Carthage; The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus; and Sunrise with Sea Monsters (a favorite, which--though incomplete--epitomizes his style).


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