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Surrey Network Study Day – Understanding Turner: The Man, His Life, His Work – Prof Maria Chester

17 June @ 09:30 16:00

“Understanding Turner: The Man, His Life, His Work” by Prof Maria Chester

HIS LIFE: Joseph Mallord William Turner was born into a troubled family and destined to become an artist. His father, William, a central figure throughout his life, encouraged him to pursue his ambitions. Turner’s relationships, character, dreams, notes, poems, lead to our own portrait of Turner, helping us to understand the man, what we perceive from his everyday life leads to the second talk. He loved to travel and we are lucky to be able to follow him in his trips thanks to his notes on the sketches, citing places and dates.
HIS WORK: We owe him a new approach to landscape, and new techniques, applied mostly to watercolours. He added songs and poems to his paintings to reinforce their meaning. He was almost a story-teller who knew exactly what to show and how to show it. He applied everything he experienced in his paintings. Together with “Understanding Turner: the man and his life” this talk aims to leave a permanent impression about one of our great British artists of all times: Joseph Mallord William Turner.
Turner was a contradiction in himself: born in Covent Garden at the centre of London he became one of the most important British landscape painters. In the 19th century, he became the most recognisable British artist abroad

9.30 Registration

10.00 Understanding Turner: The Man & His Life
11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 Understanding Turner: The Man & His Life, Understanding & Analysing his Work
12.30 Lunch – Bring-Your-Own – Tea / Coffee available
1.30 Understanding Turner: The Man & His Work, His Techniques & Methods
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 Understanding Turner: The Man & His Work
4.00 Departure

Speaker – Maria Chester studied Fine Arts & Art History. She is a Professor of Pre-Columbian Art, and a
researcher in Fine Arts. She taught in several South American universities as well as private institutions. Since 2007 she has been the National Subject Adviser in American Archaeology. In 2015 she was a founding member of the International Committee of The Third Age Trust & from May 2016 Secretary General of AIUTA. She is active in the Berwick area for Berwick Educational Association & Berwick Visual Arts. In October 2018 she became an accredited lecturer to The Arts Society. Born in Buenos Aires, she has, since 2003, lived in the Scottish Borders.

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17 June
09:30 – 16:00
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Ian Funnell

The Menuhin Hall

Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey KT11 3QQ, + Google Map