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W. Turner (1775–1851). Turner, called by some “The First Impressionist,” was a prolific and multitalented artist whose mood-laden, freely brushed, watercolor landscapes influenced Monet. The River Thames and London, where he lived and died, were frequent subjects. He bequeathed his collection of some 19,000 watercolors and 300 paintings to the people of Britain with the request that they be kept in one place. London’s Tate Britain displays the largest number of Turner’s works, while others grace London’s National Gallery, Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery and Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery.
A sculptor, Moore saw himself as a sort of reincarnation of Michelangelo. He mined his marbles from the same quarries as the Renaissance master and let the stone itself dictate the flowing, abstract, surrealistic figures carved from it. The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where he studied, preserves his drawings and sculpture. You’ll also find his work in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum and Clare College. ARCHITECTURE 101 23 • Francis Bacon (1909–92). A dark and brooding expressionist (a style that expresses an artist’s inner thoughts and feelings), Bacon presented man’s foibles in formats, such as the triptych (a set of three panels, often hinged and used as an altarpiece), that were usually reserved for religious subjects.