Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was a prolific master of landscape and marine painting in nineteenth-century Britain. His attention to color and atmosphere produced breathtaking images of nature, now immortalized in oil paintings, exquisite watercolors, and works on paper.
How Turner Painted guides readers through the artist’s groundbreaking techniques, including experiments with modified paint media, innovative uses of watercolor, and painstaking processes for creating a composition. Author of the acclaimed Turner’s Painting Techniques, Turner expert Dr. Joyce Townsend returns to the subject with two hundred high-quality color reproductions and cutting-edge X-ray photography. Tasmania-based artist, writer, and teacher Tony Smibert also contributes a chapter about Turner from a contemporary painter’s perspective.
Gallerygoers, artists, museum educators, curators, art historians, and conservation professionals are sure to treasure this authoritative guide to one of Britain’s most important painters.
Dr. Joyce Townsend has for over twenty-five years been a senior conservation scientist at Tate, which houses the majority of Turner’s oil paintings and watercolors and is a center of expertise on the artist. She has written and edited a number of books on artists’ techniques and materials to enhance understanding and appreciation of their work.
Tony Smibert is a visiting artist researcher at Tate Britain, the author and coauthor of numerous publications, and a leading expert in the painting techniques of J. M. W. Turner.