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JMW Turner: Painter of Light

I am beyond excited that today is the beginning of the JMW Turner exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which runs through September 21, 2008. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775 and began painting at the age of 14, studied at the Royal Academy Schools later became a member of The Royal Academy of Art. He is classified as a Romantic painter but also a precursor to the Impressionist movement, as well as "a visionary who bridged the gap between "traditional" art and Modernism."

"Light is therefore colour." - JMW Turner

"The mind of the people is like mud, from which arise strange and beautiful things." - JMW Turner

"If I could find anything blacker than black, I'd use it." - JMW Turner

"Painting is a strange business." - JMW Turner


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