J.M.W. Turner: fire and water

John Mallord William Turner is now considered a leader of the British art canon and an essential painter in Western art history, but his work startled critics and the public when he first presented it.

In an age of carefully finished detail laid with invisible brushstrokes, Turner’s adventurous colours and bold gestural painting shocked his audience…and would delight future generations.

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839