The Sun is God: JMW Turner the “Father of Modern Art”

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While fighting for the same end, Turner’s goal in depicting the landscape was legions away from his rival John Constable. Turner’s romantic obsession with speed, storms and most importantly the sun permeates his paintings, and over his long career his brushwork turned increasingly wild and uncontrolled. A rollercoaster life that see-sawed from intense success to mockery in the streets. But with his commitment and passion he turned the known world of art on its head, he spat on his canvases and his called the sun ‘god’, and one can’t be surprised that John Ruskin called Turner ‘the father of modern art’.

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