Révisez le bac avec le film « Mr. Turner » de Mike Leigh


Langue : anglais • Pays : Royaume-Uni (Turner, biographie, peinture, Mythes et héros).

L’histoire du film

Le peintre anglais Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) a très rapidement été reconnu par ses pairs. Ce membre bourru de la Royal Academy of Arts, vit avec son père et une gouvernante quand il n’effectue pas de grands voyages en Europe. Plus les années passent et moins son public le comprend, mais il continue de créer des toiles toutes plus magnifiques les unes que les autres. Lors d’une de ses balades au bord de la Manche, il rencontre une femme avec qui il passera ses derniers jours.

Turner

Mike Leigh (Another Year, Secrets et mensonges, Be Happy) dresse le portrait des 26 dernières années de l’un des peintres britanniques les plus importants de l’histoire de l’art. Il nous présente un personnage terriblement humain, doté d’un talent indéniable mais d’un caractère difficile. La prestation de Timothy Spall dans le rôle principal est époustouflante.

A retenir pour le bac

In 1800, Turner’s mother became hopelessly ill and was committed to a mental hospital. She died shortly after. Turner’s father, a barber and a wig maker, raised his son.

Turner was 15 years old when he received a rare honour: one of his paintings was exhibited at the Royal Academy. By the time he was 18 he had his own studio. Before he was 20, print sellers were happily buying his drawings for reproduction. Unlike many artists of his era, he was successful throughout his career.

As he grew older, Turner had no close friends. None of his acquaintances saw him for months at a time. He always travelled alone. He still held exhibitions, but he usually refused to sell his paintings. As time passed, his despair at the thought of dying increased. This resulted in somewhat unbalanced behaviour, such as becoming very secretive about his second home with Mrs Booth in Chelsea, where he even assumed the guise of an ‘Admiral Booth’ in order to shield his identity. Although known for his oils, Turner is regarded as one of the founders of English watercolor landscape painting.

 

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Titre : Mr. Turner • Réalisateur : Mike Leigh • Année : 2014.

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