J. M. W. Turner

The Man Who Set Painting on Fire



ISBN: 9780500301180 Category:

Olivier Meslay


In 1801, at the age of 26, Joseph Mallord William Turner became the youngest ever member of the Royal Academy. His early paintings combined great historical themes with inspired visions of nature, but subsequent experiments with the effects of light led him swiftly towards a evolutionary dissolution of forms.

In this profusely illustrated book, Olivier Meslay invites us to follow the development of Turner’s incandescent art, a bridge between Romanticism and Impressionism and one of Britains’ most remarkable contributions to art.

Additional information

Weight 247 g
Dimensions 12.3 x 17.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 June 2005
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.3 x 17.9 cm
Weight 247 g


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Olivier Meslay is curator of paintings at the Louvre in Paris.