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J. M. W. Turner

The Man Who Set Painting on Fire

Olivier Meslay


A beautifully illustrated pocket-book detailing the life and work of J. M. W. Turner


In 1801, at the age of 26, Joseph Mallord William Turner became the youngest ever member of the Royal Academy. His early paintings combined great historical themes with inspired visions of nature, but subsequent experiments with the effects of light led him swiftly towards a evolutionary dissolution of forms.

In this profusely illustrated book, Olivier Meslay invites us to follow the development of Turner's incandescent art, a bridge between Romanticism and Impressionism and one of Britains' most remarkable contributions to art.

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'Concise, well illustrated, carefully researched and stylishly written with a fascinating chapter on documents and letters'
Artists & Illustrators Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 23 May 2005

ISBN: 9780500301180

About the Author

Olivier Meslay is curator of paintings at the Louvre in Paris.