J. M. W. Turner: 12 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

'Fishermen at Sea was the first oil painting Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy.'

Source: Tate Britain

Fishermen at Sea (1801) by Joesph Mallord William TurnerTate Britain

'Turner is arguably Britain's greatest artist and, in this early work, he very effectively conjures up the wet, blustery weather brought on by the storm offshore.'

Source: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Fish Market at Hastings Beach (1810) by Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'A key figure of the Romantic generation, JMW Turner created the image with deftly applied washes, preserving the feeling of translucency, directness and suggestiveness.'

Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales

High force, Fall of the Tees, Yorkshire (1816) by Joseph Mallord William TurnerArt Gallery of New South Wales

'With these bold techniques, Turner came close to modern abstraction in his efforts to expand the expressive and stylistic range of landscape painting. He made this watercolor for a series of engravings entitled Picturesque Views in England and Wales, published between 1827 and 1838.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Long Ship's Lighthouse, Land's End (about 1834–1835) by Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'In Juliet and her Nurse, Joseph Mallord William Turner presents a view of the main Piazza and the eastern parts of Venice from high above the western end of the Procuratie Nuove, close to the rooftops of the Hotel Europa in which he stayed.'

Source: Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Juliet and her Nurse (1836) by J.M.William TurnerColección AMALITA

'Turner, ca.'

Source: The Victoria and Albert Museum

Line Fishing, Off Hastings (ca. 1835 (painted) - 1839) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (RA)The Victoria and Albert Museum

'The stock of engraved plates and prints was auctioned off, and Turner paid more than £3,000 to buy them all back. Although the series never materialized, it inspired some of his finest watercolors, including "Lyme Regis," a work titled after the small coastal town near the Dorset/Devon border.'

Source: Cincinnati Art Museum

Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England (Circa 1834) by Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, b.1775, d.1851)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Instead he explored Venice's unique combination of water, light and grand Renaissance architecture, all of which seem to blend together. Here he is transfixed by the spectacle of the churches of Santa Maria della Salute and Santa Maria della Presentazione, known as the 'Zitelle' (or Citella), reflected in the waters of the Guidecca Canal.'

Source: Tate Britain

The Dogano, San Giorgio, Citella, from the Steps of the Europa (1842) by Joseph Mallord William TurnerTate Britain

'Turner was captivated by the picturesque town of Lucerne and its lake. He visited the location each summer between 1841 and 1845, staying at the lakeside inn, La Cygne (The Swan).'

Source: National Gallery of Victoria

The Red Rigi (1842) by J. M. W. TurnerNational Gallery of Victoria

'While scholars are uncertain of the exact historical event Turner described, one probable interpretation is that the man depicted here is Dutch naval officer Cornelis Van Tromp, who was dismissed from naval service in 1666 after failing to follow orders.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Van Tromp, Going About to Please His Masters (1844)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Turner used quick, slanting brushstrokes to describe the stormy sky.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Van Tromp, going about to please his Masters, Ships a Sea, getting a Good Wetting (Main View)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'It was Turner's practice to send canvases in an incomplete state to London, to the Royal Academy or the British Institution, and then to finish the pictures in a last-minute frenzy. He often used the so-called varnishing day to add vital details to a composition, transforming a mass of colour into a recognizable scene or incident.'

Source: National Gallery of Victoria

A mountain scene, Val d'Aosta ((c. 1845)) by J. M. W. TurnerNational Gallery of Victoria

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