• Director(s):

    JAUBERT (ALAIN)

  • Producer(s):

    ARTE FRANCE, REUNION DES MUSEES NATIONAUX et du GRAND PALAIS DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES

  • Territories:

    Worldwide.

  • Production year:

    2010

  • Language(s):

    German, English, French

  • Rights:

    NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD

Joseph Mallard William Turner is probably the most famous British painter. An artist with incredibly early ability, he was nicknamed "the painter of light" and was also the precursor of impressionism.

This documentary is not a simple biography, but rather a study, carried out in the company of a few specialists, around themes that are common to the life and work of this strange and tetchy character. Water: watercolours, seascapes. Fire: yellow and red, fire, the industrial era. Land: English, French and Italian landscapes, the legacy of Claude Lorrain, the desert. Air: clouds, the dissolution of forms, the temptation of nirvana. Secrets: the double character, eroticism, absolute freedom. Travel: a jealous solitude, discovering the world. Inventions: the new techniques of watercolour, the portable studio, the folly of varnishing.

2010 : Grand Prize - Feature Films Section at FIAMP 2010 (Shanghai, China).