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Turner Looking

Frederick Project: Abstraction and Retrospect

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I am interested in the time layers of paintings. I always go back to J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), painter of hundreds of oils (radical landscapes, history paintings, the abolitionist Slave Ship , scenes from his teeming imagination), of thousands of watercolors (a lingering soft touch, delicate effects of light, hundreds of studies of Venice, an inspiration to the Impressionists), and artist of some 30,000 works on paper (wonderful sketchbooks, studies in history, architecture, travel.) Turner died, impoverished and strange, in London in 1851 and a huge bequest went to [...] more