J.M.W. TURNER

Joseph Mallord William Turner, better known as J. M. W. Turner, was a London-based artist who specialized in painting landscapes. Other artists dubbed him the “Painter of Light” because of his notably luminous scenes featuring brilliant colors. Turner mostly utilized romantic imagery, which he depicted in a Realistic manner, but as his artistry grew, he shifted toward Impressionism. His father sending him to live in rural England jumpstarted his artistic endeavors, as he was exposed to beautiful landscapes and sceneries. Turner started selling drawings at 13 of his dad’s barbershop. After he finished school, he earned a prestigious award, which launched his career and sold his work to businesses, collectors, and common folk, slowly but surely amassing a small fortune. Well into Turner’s career, he accepted a perspective-teaching position at the Royal Academy. His old age was accompanied by a drastic change in his psyche: he became reclusive, embittered, and eccentric. He lost a piece of his soul whenever he lost a painting through a sale. During his lifetime, Turner created over 20,000 artworks.

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