RedDot Podcast | Episode 005 | An Interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

An interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner, the Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner. I picked up Franny’s biography on Turner earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this important artist’s life. Turner is one of the United Kingdom’s greatest artists, and is, perhaps its best known, but I didn’t know much about his life. I found Franny’s biography fascinating and enlightening. Franny Moyle joins me for the interview from her home in England.

 

 

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Selected Images | Works by J.M.W. Turner

Drawing of St John’s Church, Margate by Turner from around 1786, when he would have been 11 or 12 years old. The ambitious but unsure drawing shows an early struggle with perspective, which can be contrasted with his later work By J. M. W. Turnerhttp://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999998&workid=73303&searchid=9472, Public Domain, Link

 


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A View of the Archbishop’s Palace, Lambeth – this watercolour was Turner’s first to be accepted for the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition in April 1790, the month he turned 15. The image is a technical presentation of Turner’s strong grasp of the elements of perspective with several buildings at sharp angles to each other, demonstrating Turner’s thorough mastery of Thomas Malton’s topographical style.
By J. M. W. TurnerIndianapolis Museum of Art, Public Domain, Link

 

Fishermen at Sea exhibited in 1796 was the first oil painting exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy.
By J. M. W. TurnerUwG73jK8wqshlw at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum Tate Images (http://www.tate-images.com/results.asp?image=T01585&wwwflag=3&imagepos=2), Public Domain, Link

 

Bonneville, Savoy (1803) Dallas Museum of Art, oil on canvas 92 x 123 cm
By J. M. W. Turner[1] 12 February 2014, Public Domain, Link
One of Turner’s most successful “house portraits”: Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington[27] The Walters Art Museum.
By J. M. W. TurnerWalters Art Museum: Home page  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link
Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842
By J. M. W. TurnerWeb Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link

 

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1839
By J. M. W. TurnerNational Gallery of Art, Public Domain, Link

 

The Wreck of a Transport Ship (c. 1810), oil on canvas
By J. M. W. TurnerCalouste Gulbenkian Museum, Public Domain, Link

 

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10 Comments

  1. Turner has been one of my favorite artists since we had a book of his works in our long-ago bookshop. Then a nearby gallery actually had one of his smaller paintings on display, and seeing it was breathtaking.

  2. I saw a Turner exhibit in London a number of years ago and was surprised at how many large traditional paintings he did. I was hoping to see his impressionist paintings (way before their time!), which is mostly what I had seen before…and loved. I can’t recall if there were any of those or not–it was a long time ago.

  3. Fascinating and very informative! I learned so much more in the short podcast than I had watching the movie or even from art history class (only touched a bit on Turner)! Thank you!!!

  4. This podcast is fortuitous. Thank you for posting. I just wrote a poem about Turner and his painting ‘The Slave Ship’ for one of my classes. I’ll go ahead and share it:

    Joseph and the Slave Ship

    Joseph, splattered in oiled ground, like a sailor sprayed with the sea,
    Pushed, steered, smeared;
    Navigated pied butter,
    Until concurring where it would live.
    Wielding impasto into fervor.

    Every hue somehow muddied,
    Slathered and scumbled,
    Scraped and scratched,
    Misted and muddled,
    To benthic fury.

    Consumed, the cusp of time birthing the world, violent, brilliant, unrelenting.
    The coagulating clouds thicken like Dragon’s Blood.
    All of blazed creation, a haunting.
    A scaffolding of enterprise cutting through turbulent salty foam; slapping, cutting waves
    To a rising–rising citron aria, mocking the last fatal moments of the lawless nightmare below.

  5. Jason,
    This was a incredible interview with
    Franny Moyle. In the conversation it was so easy to visualize the various aspects of Turner’s life. Franny total fascination of this artist’s life is very delightfull. Her expressive voice really captured all the various aspects of Turners artistic development.
    It’s one thing to be familiar with his work and quite another to learn about his life.
    The images of Turner’s work shown after the interview completed this surprise podcast with total appreciation.
    I am definitely adding this book to my large collection of art books.
    Thank you so much.

  6. Jason-
    this was a wonderful podcast and interview.
    It was so good to hear about all the changes that occurred in England at this time and to have them in context was especially good.
    Turner occupies a spot in the “backroom” with my other influential artists.
    It was a high point when teaching art history to spend time with Turner and his influential later paintings such as “Burning of Houses of Parliament” and “Slave Ship”. He was a stubborn individual who turned the
    “Varnishing Day” ritual on its head. THe Academy couldn’t uninvite him and his canvasses remained unvarnished!

  7. The Author is very generous and amazing in the interview. You feel the admiration she as for Turner as she transmitted to people.
    One sentence strikes me; “He did what he wanted”, no matter what was surrounded him Academy wise or from artists at the time.
    Inspiring!
    (Hope I did not make to many mistakes as I’m French speaking.)

  8. This was a wonderful interview; thank you Jason. Always a huge Turner fan, the film I saw a few years back, although visually stunning in places, was a massive disappointment to me; so I’m very happy to hear Franny Moyle’s comments about the artist and his life. Sounds like a good read; will check it out.

  9. In 2016 we visited the London museum to which he willed his paintings. We had seen a movie about his life, then bought a small book that confirms most of the movie details. Therefore we were prepared in advance to look at all of the collection. By knowing so much about the man, we were able to understand his work as it changed with the passing years. I don’t know if the book we have is the one written by Ms. Moyle, if not, we will buy her book too. Turner was a fascinating person and while his work is often overlooked in the US, in England he is famous and always will be.

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