The first thing I’m going to be looking at in as complex a way as possible is the great English artist JMW Turner. (1775-1851). While in his early life he was an accepted, one might even say revered, member of the Royal Academy in London. In later life he was a complete recluse, self-exiled from almost all human community. A true Outsider artist.
Before getting started, while trying to collect my Turner library I just wanted to post this link from the NY Times of a recent Turner addition to the collection at the Getty.
I’ve pulled what I consider the most relevant quote regarding Turner for those who aren’t interested in reading the full report.
“The panoramic view was done by the English painter from memory, without paying much attention to the many precise sketches that he had done in the course of his various trips to Rome. It is an impressionistic evocation of the city bathed in a golden sunset haze touched with salmon pink, and some liberties are taken with topography.”
For me, this is the single most exciting thing about Turner. That he accomplished his visions from memory, recording his image of the scene so thoroughly from sketching it that he could paint without reference to the sketches.