Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA 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 rivalling 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. Some of his works are cited as examples of abstract art prior to its recognition in the early twentieth century.
In a new exhibition at the Tate Britain gallery entitled ‘Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ on September 8, 2014 in London, England. The exhibition is the first to concentrate on J.M.W. Turner’s final period of work (1835-51) from the age of 60 until his death and includes many major works brought together for the first time.