J.M.W Turner: Watercolours
David Blayney Brown
Tate Publishing, 2019
Revised for 2019, in this extensive and illuminating introduction to the unique body of watercolours Turner produced, acclaimed expert David Blayney Brown provides context to the watercolours and a background to the Tate’s unrivalled collection of Turner’s works.
Few can doubt that J.M.W. Turner was the greatest exponent of English watercolour in its golden age. An inveterate traveller in search of the ideal vista, he rarely left home without a rolled up, loose-bound sketchbook, pencils and a small travelling case of watercolours in his pocket. He exploited as no one before him the medium’s luminosity and transparency, conjuring light effects on English meadows and Venetian lagoons and gauzy mists over mountains and lakes. Extraordinary in his own time, he has continued to thrill his countless admirers since.