How to Paint Like Turner



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Nicola Moorby, Mike Chaplin, Tony Smibert


J.M.W. Turner is one of the most influential and important British artists of all time. His watercolours, with their extraordinary effects of shifting light and dramatic cloudscapes, are especially highly regarded. This book reveals the secrets of his technique for the first time, allowing watercolourists to try them out for themselves.

For the first time, this book reveals the secrets of Turner’s technique, allowing present-day watercolourists to try them out themselves. There is an accessible introduction that explores Turner’s life and career and the materials he used to achieve the masterpieces we know and love today. The book then goes on to list the modern materials the twenty-first century watercolourist will need if they aspire to take on similar subject matter. Successive chapters look at a particular theme, such as Sky, Water, Trees, Buildings, People, Animals, Sunrise, Moonlight and Fire, illustrating each with one of Turner’s works. Expert contemporary watercolour artists then explain, step-by-step, how to paint a version of that particular picture and how to use the techniques learnt to paint other compositions.

With a glossary of technical terms, high quality colour reproductions and backed by the authority of Tate, the world centre for Turner scholarship, this is a must-buy purchase for all lovers of J.M.W. Turner and of watercolour painting.

Additional information

Weight 688 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 27 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 June 2010
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Nicola Moorby, Contributions by Mike Chaplin, Tony Smibert, and Joyce Townsend
Dimensions 21.2 x 27 cm
Weight 688 g


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Nicola Moorby works at Tate on the Turner Bequest.

Ian Warrell is curator of 18th- and 19th-century British art at Tate.

Joyce Townsend is senior conservation scientist at Tate and the author of Turner's Painting Techniques.

Mike Chaplin is a watercolor expert.

Tony Smibert is a painter based in Tasmania.