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One of the finest landscape artists was JMW Turner whose work was exhibited when he was still a teenager His entire life was devoted to his art Unlike many artists of his era he was successful throughout his career Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London England on April 23 1775 His father was a barber His mother died when he was very young The boy received little schooling His father taught him how to read but this was the extent of his education except for the study of art By the age of 13 he was making drawings at home and exhibiting them in his fathers shop window for sale Turner was 15 years old when he received a rare honor--one of his paintings was exhibited at the Royal Academy By the time he was 18 he had his own studio Before he was 20 print sellers were eagerly buying his drawings for reproduction He quickly achieved a fine reputation and was elected an associate of the Royal Academy In 1802 when he was only 27 Turner became a full member He then began traveling widely in Europe Venice was the inspiration of some of Turners finest work Wherever he visited he studied the effects of sea and sky in every kind of weather His early training had been as a topographic draftsman With the years however he developed a painting technique all his own Instead of merely recording factually what he saw Turner translated scenes into a light-filled expression of his own romantic feelings As he grew older Turner became an eccentric Except for his father with whom he lived for 30 years he had no close friends He allowed no one to watch him while he painted He gave up attending the meetings of the academy None of his acquaintances saw him for months at a time Turner continued to travel but
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