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Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
English most famous landscape painter. His use of brilliant bursts of impressionistic color (red and orange) in his paintings of the1830s and 1840s influenced the French impressionists movement led by Claude Monet some 30 years later.

Turner was born in London. His genius was recognized early, exhibiting at the Royal Academy by age of 15. As a young man he traveled in England and Scotland drawing and painting. This pattern of travel and work continued and included travels to France, Italy and Germany after Turner's 25 th birthday. He was prolific, leaving hundreds of paintings (oils and watercolors) and thousands of drawings when he died a wealthy man. He is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

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