Few people really see Turner. Most don’t even bother to look, other than to see him superficially. It was of course that way with Turner’s contemporaries, most of whom couldn’t see his work at all.
When Shade and Darkness was exhibited Robert Browning wrote to Alfred Domett that “Turner is hopelessly gone.”
When it comes to painting, people just can’t see work that transcends the commonplace. It seems unimaginable that Rembrandt died bankrupt, his death not even mentioned in the Amsterdam paper. Or Mozart thrown into a pauper’s grave. Even a great poet like Browning wasn’t able to see Turner.
Why do you think it is that even artists can’t see great art right under their noses?