Tag Archives: JMW Turner

banished and vanished

Augustus the Imperator. When you have a standing army of 300,000 men you can call yourself just about anything and people will agree with you. In 2 B.C. he had been given the title pater patriae, Father of the Nation, … Continue reading

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a-roving on the wane and sane

The cup is full and sometimes it runneth over. ¬†The moon has always been, since the dawn of the human being, a symbol of love, and a pervasive theme ¬†among artists such as poets, novelists and writers and painters within … Continue reading

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petworth: painter’s paradise

He was the perfect patron. Lord Egremont’s whims included art and artists, and Turner painted luminous works at Petworth for him. Egremont befriended and encouraged the artist for more than thirty years, from 1809 until Egremont’s death in 1837. Inside … Continue reading

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conversation groups

Lord Egremont and JMW Turner. Eccentric responded to eccentric. Beneath the social carapace, painter and patron were human beings of much the same stamp: both shy, proud, and farouche, both impatient and accepted codes- Egremont bcause he was an aristocrat … Continue reading

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perfect patron

Lord Egremont’s whims included art and artists, and Turner painted luminous works at Petworth for him…. One autumn morning in 1826 an uncommonly gifted writer, who, with far less justification, imagined that he was a great artist, awoke to congratulate … Continue reading

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cloudbusters: the friendly skies

Forget rain dancing and prayer. Call cloud busting a different sort of appeal to nature. It is something like a Rube Goldberg apparatus meeting a Marcel Duchamp ready-made. It completes the mundane task of restoring an equilibrium in nature through … Continue reading

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not a recorder of the “right” sentiments

Turner was perhaps the greatest of all British artists, but there was always the question of whether his most adventurous works were evidence of mental decay. Turner was the antithesis of Charles Eastlake, the head of the Royal Academy. Eastlake … Continue reading

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shine a light: bright lights

It used to be considered as junk science. Pseudo-science and old folk tales mixed with superstition. But, it turns our Seasonal Affective Disorder is real and almost measurable. A particular problem in the north where winter daylight is problematic. There … Continue reading

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are we playing in the same brand?

Watercolor paper is still apparently made much the way it has been since Duke of Berry let the ladies of the palace engage in the visual arts. That is, since Medieval times. Its mulched, pressed and literally hung out to … Continue reading

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academy of drab

The Royal Academy. The general notion of the artist as wild man was quite out of place in the hey day of the Royal Academy. The notion of art as an enclosed world, obedient to its own laws only, did … Continue reading

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