Tuesday, July 1, 2008

JMW Turner: Painter of Light

I am beyond excited that today is the beginning of the JMW Turner exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which runs through September 21, 2008. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775 and began painting at the age of 14, studied at the Royal Academy Schools later became a member of The Royal Academy of Art. He is classified as a Romantic painter but also a precursor to the Impressionist movement, as well as "a visionary who bridged the gap between "traditional" art and Modernism."

"Light is therefore colour." - JMW Turner

"The mind of the people is like mud, from which arise strange and beautiful things." - JMW Turner

"If I could find anything blacker than black, I'd use it." - JMW Turner

"Painting is a strange business." - JMW Turner

10 comments:

Susan said...

Fabulous! I love artists...I know that is such a God given talent...I might have an eye for decorating and color...but I can't draw and/or paint much more than a stick figure.

Thanks for sharing.

and caring

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I am quite taken with these!

maison21 said...

lucky you! enjoy the exhibit!

jae said...

I would love to sneak away for this. I would definately have to find something blacker than black to wear, though. Wow...you are the lucky one...enjoy!

colette rose said...

these are wonderful...
xoxo

Alice Olive said...

Oh, how wonderful! I am a fan of Turner as well. I love the quote about 'blacker than black'.

Jonas Svensson said...

just stumbled upon your blog, and i have to say i really like your posts.. i'm gonna become a regular reader :)

thanks!

Jonas

Fifi Flowers said...

Nice post!
I feel like I'm back in art school! Are we going to be given a quiz at a later time from this slide show? ;)
These are great paintings!

Style Court said...

Oh one of my favorites. How great that your are so close to the Met.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I've been meaning to go see this!

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