Turner and the Sea
Authors: Christine Riding and Richard Johns
Publisher/Date: UK: Thames & Hudson (c. 2013) Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New large heavy paperback book in Fine condition. 288 pages, index. Dimensions: 9 x 12 x 1 inches. Profusely illustrated in color.
Description: Had he concentrated solely on portraits or landscapes, J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) would have still been considered an important artist, but with the sea as his muse, he became the pre-eminent British painter of the 19th century. The 222 color reproductions in this exhibition catalogue include not only Turner's seascapes A Wreck, with Fishing Boats; Dido Building Carthage; and Rockets and Blue Lights, but also a broad selection of his drawings, etchings, and watercolors, some of which suggest that his composition process is painstaking rather than improvisatory. Equally revealing, Turner's later works document his bold strides toward abstraction, many decades ahead of his contemporaries.