Today is the birthday of British Romantic Landscape, seascape, watercolourist and printmaker Joseph Mallord William Turner(b. London 1775 – 1851). Turner understood the elements, for example when in 1834 parliament caught fire, Turner witnessed it. He also sketched shipwrecks, storms and other natural phenomena like fog, rain, storms and above all the light and strove to capture it . He was fascinated by the way light acted upon the elements, giving them a sort of spiritual majesty. Turner loved the sea and it is said that he once had himself tied to a mast of a ship for a few hours to better understand storms. A romantic tale which is probably a myth and takes ‘method’ acting to new heights.
Turner was a master of the elements and loved the Dutch seascapes. He conveys emotion through his paintings, and an incredible affinity with natures elements. The sea was in his blood. He was brought up by the Thames and it would prove to be a great source of inspiration to his work. In this great video, Turner’s relationship wiith the natural elements is further explained.
A past birthday post about Turner by me here
Another of my posts featuring Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire here