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Description - Turner by Barry Venning

In this absorbing analysis of the life and art of J M W Turner (1775-1851), Barry Venning argues that it is necessary to look at Turner's work in its original contexts in order to understand thoroughly the painter's creative decisions. His early career was dominated by the Napoleonic Wars, and on his extensive travels he witnessed far-reaching transformations in social, economic and political life. Industrialization, agrarian change and constitutional reform are all represented in his work, but he also made a lifelong study of natural forms and phenomena, all of which gave rise to paintings that are as rich in layers of meaning as they are in visual effects. Venning covers all aspects of the artist's career, concluding with a vigorously fresh look at Turner's artistic legacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714839882
ISBN-10: 0714839884
Format: Paperback / softback
(220mm x 160mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barry Venning

Barry Venning is Associate Lecturer in Art History at the Open University. He has written and lectured extensively on Turner, and his articles have appeared in Burlington Magazine and Turner Studies. Author's residence: Weybridge, Surrey

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