Artists Series: J.M.W. Turner


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9781849769037 Category:

Andrew Loukes


An essential introduction to the life and work of J.M.W. Turner, whose pioneering explorations into oil and watercolours transformed landscape painting and continue to offer revelatory and definitive interpretations of his time.

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) is arguably Britain’s greatest painter. An extraordinary and prolific artist of incredible range, his pioneering explorations in oils and watercolours, his innovative use of colour and the proliferation of his work through print media enabled him to forge a stellar reputation in his own time. Yet, his dramatic landscapes, marine paintings and revelatory scenes of industry, war and contemporary life are as captivating to audiences today as they were then.

This book is an essential introduction to the life and work of this influential artist. Tracing Turner’s journey from his modest beginnings and formative years, through to his tours and engagement with the British and Continental landscape, alongside pioneering historical, biblical and classical narrative paintings, it highlights his breathtaking technical skill and deep engagement with his own times. Showcasing an impressive selection of iconic and significant works from across his career, it reveals the enduring power of Turner’s work and the true extent of his artistic genius.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 14 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 2 July 2024
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 19.7 cm
Weight 300 g


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Andrew Loukes is Curator of the Egremont Collection at Petworth House, having previously worked at Tate Britain and Manchester Art Gallery. He is a pecialist in British art of the Romantic period and has curated several exhibitions on J.M.W. Turner, along with others on John Constable and William Blake. Andrew is also a former Trustee of Turner's House.