favorite artist – 3

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since i have mentioned him as one artist whose technique i would like to learn, it is only fair that i add him to my gallery of favorite artists: Turner

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Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivaling history painting.[1] Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light”[2] and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. –

so let’s have a look at his work:

Fishermen at Sea-WilliamTurner

Fishermen at Sea exhibited in 1796 was the first oil painting exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy.

i love this one because of the uniform color scheme broken only by light sprinkled throughout the painting.

in contrast the next one is resplendent with colors and hues and details – and the title is ingenious:

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The Fighting Temeraire tugged
to her last Berth to be broken up
, 1838 – oil on canvas, National Gallery, London.

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San Giorgio Maggiore at Dawn
1819
Watercolour, 224 x 287 mm
Tate Gallery, London

look at that – it is almost monochrome with a dash of pinkish yellow…genius.

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favorite artist – 2

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i still remember the very first time i saw a painting by Rembrandt – i was 9 years old and my father had decided to introduce me to the art of painting with oils. he gave me my very own artist’s case, all included, and a small canvas then he told me to go get the Ra-Ri volume of the family’s scruffy old encyclopedia. he opened it at a four-page fold out – showing Rembrandt’s perhaps most famous painting:

Rembrandt_The Night Watch 1642

<–The Night Watch – 1642

it was in black and white of course, but the LIGHT was still visible as some sort of extra on the scene. just as i later fell in love with Bach’s music, i fell in love with Rembrandt’s light. it doesn’t matter if it’s landscape, a self portrait or a sneaky peak at his bathing wife (common-law wife) – it is always present, as both a part of the painting and as an observer of the motif:

Rembrandt_Portrait of a Man in Military Dress 1650

Portrait of a Man in Military Dress – 1650 –>

Rembrandt_The Conspiration of the Bataves1661

The Conspiration of the Bataves 1661-1662

what fascinates me most about this light is that 9 times out of 10 it is impossible locate the SOURCE of the light. there are no lampposts or torches present, and still the light is there.

Rembrandt_Hendrickje Bathing in a River 1654 <– Hendrickje Bathing in a River – 1654

if i could paint only one picture of my wife, the way Rembrandt portrays his bathing Hendrickje in this painting – seemingly glowing from within – i would die a very happy man.

Rembrandt_A Girl at a Window 1645

A Girl at a Window 1645 —>

i have no idea who this girl is, but i want to think it is his daughter – by her features it very well could be.

i’ll finish this post with one of Rembrandts many, many, many self-portraits – it some times seems he thought of himself as the prime subject of his art:

Portrait Of The Artist In A Flat Cap 1642