J.M.W.TurnerHardback First Impressions
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- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
- Format: Hardback | 92 pages
- Dimensions: 184mm x 257mm x 15mm | 580g
- Publication date: 1 September 1995
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0810938685
- ISBN 13: 9780810938687
- Illustrations note: 26 colour and 19 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
One of a series of biographies for young readers, this book tells the story of a boy from a working-class family who devoted himself to painting and realized his goal of becoming the greatest English artist of his day. It contains works by Turner and portraits of him and his contemporaries.
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In the First Impressions series, a biography of Turner, whose revolutionary painting style preceded the artists he most influenced, Monet and other Impressionists, by almost a hundred years. In his first book, Kenner provides anecdotes of the artist as a young man; Turner's talent was obvious early on, and unlike many artists, he had the support of his father in pursuing an artistic career. The book follows Turner's growth as a painter and the development of his style, in which the atmosphere of his landscapes often dwarfed the human subjects. Kenner imparts to readers a sense of the importance of art in a world before photography, film, and television, and the artist's roles as documenter - Turner did hundreds of prints to illustrate a European travel guide - and talented celebrity. The text of this book is well-supported by many excellent full-color reproductions of Turner's work, but not of his contemporaries (conspicuously absent is John Constable, who's mentioned often) or the Impressionists. (Kirkus Reviews)