Category Archives: JMW Turner

Turner-Veronese

Here’s a little bit of how Turner analyzed paintings by previous Old Masters. In this case he’s discussing Veronese’s Marriage at Cana in the Louvre. (from John Gage) So Turner is looking at a Paolo Veronese painted 1563 in Venice … Continue reading

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JMW Turner portrait

Here’s something fascinating I just ran across.  There are a few paintings and drawings of Turner that exist. But they weren’t ones that he sat for. Read below what this Dundee student, Kelly Freeman, is doing to try to prove … Continue reading

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JMW Turner self-portrait

I’m only aware of a single self-portrait by Turner, which he did when he was 24 years old.  It is all the more fascinating because when you look at the painting, it’s clear that he could have been a first class … Continue reading

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John Constable’s palette

I’m going to take the opportunity to get at the Constable palette I’d mentioned. This is taken from Tate Publishing’s John Constable: The Great Landscapes–a really wonderful and highly recommended book. There’s also a John Gage essay in it. Gage … Continue reading

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JMW Turner details

These are details of the Getty Turner:

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Turner’s Van Tromp

The thing to keep in mind with Turner is that his experimentation with materials was continuous, which means there’s no way of speaking in other than general terms when it come to his “technique”. Some of his paintings fit the … Continue reading

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JMW Turner’s oil paint

Returning to Turner’s use of oil paint: As you will note on the first page Cooke’s description of the bas-relief resulting from pure lead white paint buildup. Turner would also use a palette knife to just apply light paint across … Continue reading

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