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The Life and Masterworks of J.M.W.Turner (Temporis Series) (Inglés) Tapa dura – Ilustrado, 15 jul 2008

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J.M.W. Turner was arguably the greatest landscape and marine painter ever. His output was prodigious: some five hundred and fifty oil paintings, over two thousand highly detailed and finely finished watercolours, and almost twenty thousand sketches, studies and rough watercolours. He excelled in every branch of landscape and marine painting, from elaborate history pictures and idealised scenes in the classical tradition, to tiny, jewellike watercolours of contemporary life on land and sea made for subsequent engraved reproduction. This book takes us on a grand tour of the artist s works.

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Eric Shanes is a leading authority on J.M.W. Turner, and is himself a painter. He was the founding Editor of Turner Studies, a journal published by the Tate Gallery, London. He is a Vice President of the Turner Society, and is currently its Chairman. He organised the exhibition Turner: The Great Watercolours held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of the painter in 2000-2001. Eric Shanes has also written best selling books on Constantin Brancusi, Salvador Dalí, David Hockney, Warhol and Pop Art and on the Impressionists in London. He has published widely on contemporary art issues, and is much in demand as a lecturer on art all over the world.

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A masterpiece. 27 de febrero de 2009
Por Bruce Oksol - Publicado en Amazon.com
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The book is divided into several sections. The first 60 pages is the biography of J.M.W. Turner with a scholarly description of his art and his philosophy of art ("Theory of Poetic Painting"). The next 180 pages are full page reproductions of his most famous or most representative works with a facing page detailing the important points of that particular work. The author has done an outstanding job dove-tailing the introductory section with this section. The final few pages include comments from Turner's critics (admirers) -- Thomas Hardy, William Hazlitt, John Ruskin, Henry James, Claude Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Matisse, and many others (including Wyndham Lewis, a real scoundrel); a selected (but comprehensive) bibliography; and, a chronology of Turner's life.

I highly recommend this to novices in art history, but even scholars will enjoy having his on their bookshelves to share with others. I was quite impressed, and I've collected many coffee-table art books over the years. This is one of the better such works, providing a scholarly overview without becoming too pedantic.