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Understanding Turner: the Man and his Life

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In this lecture, Prof Maria Chester talks about JMW Turner, whose works are featured in the exhibition "Turner: Northern Exposure" at the Granary Gallery. The picture we build of Turner’s character in our first lecture will help us understand and analyse his work in the second lecture, to be held on 19th July.

In this lecture, Prof Chester will examine the main aspects of Turner’s life, those connected to his creative world as well as his relationships with other artists, and fundamentally, his relationship with the Royal Academy of Arts, which became the centre of his life. Psychologically speaking the RA became his mother. He never failed to send works every year except when - for political reasons - he abstained from participating in the show in 1804, (the year in which his mother died). His father was a central figure throughout his life. He was a Covent Garden barber and he was so proud of his son that he used to sell his first drawings in his shop. Turner had problems with his diction and cockney accent that caused him trouble at all sorts of levels and in all kind of situations.

He needed to work to support his passion for art, and so he worked in the offices of various architects until 1789, when he was accepted as student at the Royal Academy (he presented a study of a cat; he was 14 years old!). In due course, J.M.W. Turner became the most recognisable British artist abroad. He loved to travel and we are lucky enough to be able to follow Turner in his trips thanks to his notes on his sketches, citing places and dates. Throughout his life his work suffered all sorts of criticisms but he always had “more commissions than he could execute” as he used to say.

This lecture forms part of a programme of art workshops, tours and lectures presented by BEA in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts; they are based around the exhibition ‘Turner: Northern Exposure’ which runs at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed from 25th May to 13th October 2019 (Tues - Sun 11 -4. Closed Mon). Entry to the exhibition is free.

There will be two lectures by Professor Maria Chester inspired by the Turner exhibition which we hope will inform and enhance your enjoyment of the exhibition. Maria will also be leading a number of guided tours of the exhibition (maximum 15 people) including one on the day of this lecture. These cost £3 on the day, or may be booked in advance with a booking fee of 80p. To book a tour, please click here.


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