Joseph Mallord William Turner(1775-1851), Landscape painter
Sitter associated with 42 portraits
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Turner is unarguably one of Britain's most famous and innovative artists. After his first visit to the Alps in 1802, he began to combine narrative with the effects of sublime and violent nature, as seen in his Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps (1812). Later landscapes such as The Fighting Temeraire (1838) were remarkable for their dazzling effects of light and colour. While his impressionistic style bewildered some, Constable thought them 'airy visions painted with tinted steam'.
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