Young Mr. Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775-1815 by Eric ShanesYoung Mr. Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775-1815 by Eric Shanes

Young Mr. Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775-1815

byEric Shanes

Hardcover | May 10, 2016

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A definitive new biography, deftly interweaving an account of Turner’s early life with profound scholarly and aesthetic appreciation of his work

A complex figure, and divisive during his lifetime, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) has long been considered Britain’s greatest painter. An artist of phenomenal invention, complexity, and industry, Turner is now one of the world’s most popular painters. This comprehensive new account of his early life draws together recent scholarship, corrects errors in the existing literature, and presents a wealth of new findings. In doing so, it furnishes a more detailed understanding than ever before of the connections between Turner’s life and art.
Taking a strictly chronological approach, Eric Shanes addresses Turner’s intellectual complexity and depth, his technical virtuosity, his personal contradictions, and his intricate social and cultural relations. Shanes draws on decades of familiarity with his subject, as well as newly discovered source material, such as the artist’s principal bank records, which shed significant light on his patronage and sales. The result, written in a warm, engaging style, is a comprehensive and magnificently illustrated volume which will fundamentally shape the future of Turner studies.
Eric Shanes is a professional painter, independent art historian, and lecturer. He is a leading expert on Turner, a vice president of the Turner Society, and the author of many books on the artist, including Turner’s England (1990) and Turner's Watercolour Explorations (1997).
Title:Young Mr. Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775-1815Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 11.25 × 9.75 × 0.98 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300140657

ISBN - 13:9780300140651

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Editorial Reviews

“A forty-year artistic journey which excellently tracks and records the many small steps along the way…  This is an affectionate, clear and well-written account of the first half of Turner's career, beautifully illustrated. If the second volume is as good as this one, these two books will be the benchmark for Turner studies for many years to come.”— Mark Jones, Albion, March 2017