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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Rain, Steam, and Speed

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, C. 1844

 

Some artists are particularly gifted at evoking a mood or a powerful impression with their paintings. Joseph Mallord William Turner was one of the best. A survey of Turner’s works reveals a breathtaking array of vast skies, tumultuous fires and storms, and the overshadowing presence of nature.

 

Many artists of Turner’s time were repulsed by the noise, pollution, and unnatural feel of the Industrial Age; they were distraught with its machinery and its encroachment on the natural world. Turner hints at this controversy with Rain, Steam, ...

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