I didn't participate in the Art History forum untill now and its time to change that. So I searched on conceptart for some of my favorite Artists. I was a bit disappointed that William Turner was never discussed here.
Turner took me some time to like. At first i thought nothing of his work, but when I worked at the Frick Collection in NYC for a bit, they had some of his work. I grew to like it, and then looked into more of his art.
His later pieces are the standouts for me...they border on the abstract, but in person they have a really strong presence. He did some interesting effects with the oil, by having transparent glazes suspended in the paint..almost as if he created a glaze that was more a thick medium than pigment.
I love his work. Like loomer it took me a while to like him. I was fairly indifferent but mildly appreciative untill i went and saw some for real in the collection at the national gallery. The 'Turner Whistler Monet' exhibition was the exhibition of 2005 for me. His ones of the houses of parliament burning (particularly the second to last one Zaknafain provided a link to) are just incredible to see 'in the flesh'.
wow did not realize this forum was here (did this get made a main forum recentlly instead of a subforum?)... Turner definitely has a unique style; in my art history class last year, our teacher had us look at some of his work when we were going over that time period. we also looked at some of his stuff in slides and at the museum up here and I like what I've seen. the dramatic use of lighting and the way he paints it really helps create a nice mood in all his stuff. some of his things aren't that readily understood though i.e. this piece that was about a certain slave ship (can't remember it's name ), but you can see there are bodies floating in the water.. they aren't the easiest to see though in my opinion. either way he has some pretty cool stuff, and just thought I'd add in.
Turner's work has been a huge influence on me. I just love how he creates these misty environments, filled with color light and texture. Really amazing work. Hope to see some of his work in the flesh one of these days.
i dont consider turner a abstract artist at all, he still considered the best artist the royal academy produced and was consumed with painting the amazing effects in nature if you ever driven through a crazy storm in the mountains, youd swear you were in a abstract painting but are very much in reality!!!