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
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. 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” and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. –
so let’s have a look at his work:
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:
The Fighting Temeraire tugged
to her last Berth to be broken up, 1838 – oil on canvas, National Gallery, London.
San Giorgio Maggiore at Dawn
Watercolour, 224 x 287 mm
Tate Gallery, London
look at that – it is almost monochrome with a dash of pinkish yellow…genius.
i was brought up reading about artists, looking at their art in books. we didn’t have the money or the location to go to museums and such, but i remember my father showing me pictures of Rembrandts paintings when i was just a wee lad.
one artist i discovered on my own as an adult was Marc Chagall. i was blown away by his compositions and color-schemes. and his mixture of exuberant joy and contemplative melancholy.
Peasant Life – 1925
“Chagall’s relationship to the Surrealists was torn, whatever their theoretician-in-chief might say. Long before them, impelled by the elemental power of his homeland’s folk art, he had discovered the significance of dreams, visions and the nonrational for his own work.” (from History of Art)
Solitude – 1933-1934
“In ‘Solitude’, Chagall was still using motifs that were very much his own to indicate dangers that were menacing himself, his people, and all of Europe.” (from History of Art)
most of all i was fascinated by the love with which he portrayed his own people. his paintings, to my eye and mind are extremely honest and spiritual.
Rabbi of Vitebsk – 1914
The Wedding – 1944
there’s 30 years between the two paintings – and two wars as well, yet it is hard not to FEEL Chagall’s fierce understanding of not just what makes his people tick, but what sustains them under threat.