J. M. W. Turner “Colored Mezzotint” on Japon paper
Here we have a Beautifully executed and rare impression of “Venice; Sunrise,” well executed AFTER the original Oil by Turner and engraved by the master mezzotint artist, Skrimshire, Alfred J. (printmaker) British mezzotinter; fl. 1872—1927. Published by Museum galleries of London, and measures 13.75 by 19 inches on Japon Paper attached to a wove paper as published, inches plus margins. In good condition. Signed in pencil by the artist Skrimshire.
Extremely rare work published on japon paper and attached to a wove paper as published in edition less than 250.
Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (April 23, 1775 — December 19, 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, water colorist and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivaling history painting.
Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolor landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light” and his work regarded as a Romantic preface to impressionism.
Turner’s major venture into printmaking was the Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies), a set of seventy prints that the artist worked on from 1806 to 1819. The Liber Studiorum was an expression of his intentions for landscape art. Loosely based on Claude Lorrain’s Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth), the plates were meant to be widely disseminated, and categorized the genre into six types: Marine, Mountainous, Pastoral, Historical, Architectural, and Elevated or Epic Pastoral.