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Often incorrectly associated with the Impressionist School of art, Joseph Mallord William Turner in fact qualified as a harbinger of that movement; though similar to artists such as Monet and Renoir, the style that Turner exhibited actually predated the others by decades. Throughout Turner's career, he specialized in depicting seascapes, and exercised an unusual combination of luminescent and atmospheric elements; perhaps as a result, art historians now regard him as one of the preeminent English landscape painters. The National Gallery documentary program J.M.W. Turner carries audiences on a painting-by-painting retrospective of the artist's work, set to music and intercut with on-camera trips to the locales Turner inhabited. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi