"Techniques of the Observer"

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See J.M.W. Turner’s “Snow Storm” paintings (among many others) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/jmw_turner/images.asp

Take an interactive tour of the Turner wing at the Tate Britain (part of their very rich “Romantics” collection). To begin, search by artist: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/explore/etb.jsp?tourid=undefined&action=1

“Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) – the Morning after the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis,” exhibited 1843:  http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=14788

Emerson saw many reproductions of Turner’s work in the United States in the 1830s and 1840s. He also saw it in person when he travelled to England in 1847.

If you find yourself falling for Turner’s style, don’t stop there…here’s a great page of additional resources compiled by the Tate Britain: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/turner/turnerlinks.htm

Eadweard Muybridge: This relatively thorough Wikipedia article contains a few useful links to exhibitions of Muybridge’s work, most notably the one at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. last spring: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge. You might also try scrolling through this “Freeze Frame” site: http://americanhistory.si.edu/muybridge/htm/htm_sec1/sec1.htm (it contains a number of useful links and secondary source information if you think you might want to do more research about Muybridge’s work for a final paper). And, finally, take a look at one of the many, many videos of his work on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT_8q9UsTW0&feature=related

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