A little known fact is that the great English painter J. M. William Turnerbegan his professional career as a surveyor who took advantage of the places he had to go by working to take views that he usually captured in watercolors
In this way, when he was very young, he toured much ofGreat Britainmaking countless watercolors of his landscapes and his monuments. All those tours and the images that he brought back earned him some recognition. So he decided to go on a tour of Europe, as was usual among artists at that time.
Turner's Devil Bridge
In this way Turner went in 1799, at about 24 years of age, to the mountain range of the Alps. He toured those mountains, especially his most famous places, and there he also made numerous watercolors, as is the case of the well-known and dangerousSaint Gotthard Passin Swiss territory.
Turner's Gotthard Pass
That area was painted several times, and he dedicated several watercolors to portray the famousDevil's Bridgethat was there. And even that place was later painted in oil. And that was because the pictures he took back to his native England impressed the public
You have to keep in mind that at that time, Turner was a very promising young man, wonderfully skilled with brushes, but not yethe was the individual, unclassifiable and revolutionary genius that he would later be. On the contrary, he made images charged with the picturesqueness that he liked so much at the time, where the style and spirit ofRomanticismpredominated. And although the character of these works was common, without a doubt the mastery with the brushes of William Turner was already evident to critics and experts.
Therefore, it is not surprising that thanks to these works he became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting, while still in his twenties
The truth is that it can be said that this phase of his life would provide him with his greatest days of glory, since as he matured, his characteristic style took shape, until he became one of the great geniuses in the history of painting in terms of the treatment of light and color, as well as becoming a true innovator of the oil technique. However, the more conservative environment of his time meant that his contemporaries did not know how to admire his work so much and he was branded as excessively groundbreaking, and without a doubt his success decreased over the years.