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Turner´s Apprentice - A Watercolour Masterclass

A unique, practical manual that enables readers to become an apprentice to one of the world’s greatest painters.
250 illustrations.

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How can a modern painter go about learning the techniques and methods of a long-dead master? Drawing on years of research and practice, Tony Smibert brings us a virtual apprenticeship, sharing his own method and approach that emulates J. M. W. Turner and yet is contemporary, original, and innovative. Turner had an extraordinary capacity to paint in ways that confounded his contemporaries and still amaze us today; Smibert’s method of painting in Turner’s style ingeniously draws together ideas and principles from East and West to bring out an entirely new perspective on Turner’s practice.

A working manual, Turner’s Apprentice brings together elements of practice from historic masters, including Claude Lorrain and Claude Monet. This is a book for anyone aspiring to learn from any master. Fully illustrated with works by Turner and other major artists, as well as practical, step-by-step demonstrations, it offers a perfect companion for anyone seeking to understand by doing. Even for those who may never paint, Turner’s Apprentice offers a tantalizing glimpse of the thrill of painting and learning.

- Introduction

- Foreword by Ian Warrell
- The Road to Mastery
- A Path of Study
- Practical Exercises
- Joseph Mallord William Turner at Work
- Managing Your Apprenticeship

Tony Smibert is Visiting Artist Researcher at Tate Britain, where he explores and demonstrates Turner’s technique. As an artist, he has had over fifty solo exhibitions around the world. He is also a trained specialist art teacher, with a number of books and articles to his name. His most recent book, Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters was published in 2014. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Australian Government in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Ian Warrell was a curator at Tate for more than twenty-five years and is the leading authority on the life and work of Turner.

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Reference number 12410-3380
Author or artist's name Tony Smibert
Page number 144
Size 10.6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
Editor Thames & Hudson
Bar code 9780500294499
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