This generously illustrated volume on the work of Turner makes the world’s greatest art accessible to readers of every level of appreciation. Perhaps the best-loved English romantic painter, Turner became known as "the painter of light." The use of brilliant watercolor characterizes his numerous landscapes. Traveling throughout Europe, Turner captured the vitality of urban and pastoral scenes. As he developed his technique, his paintings took on the quality of pure luminescence, paving the way for the Impressionist era to come. Overflowing with images, the book offers full-page spreads of masterpieces as well as highlights of smaller details, which allow every aspect of the artist’s technique and oeuvre to be appreciated. Chronologically arranged, the book covers important biographical and historic events that reflect the latest scholarship. Additional information includes a list of works, timeline, and suggestions for further reading.