William Turner is considered one of the most important artists of romantic landscape painting. The artist, who has shaped his artistic approach by using his sublime aesthetic, has strived to raise the reputation of landscape painting against portraits and historical paintings throughout his entire art life. Turner has been accepted as a 'proto-modernist' in his entire art life (Robinson, 2016: 6). The landscape paintings that Turner made with the new way of seeing and expressing that he developed in his last period could not be understood by the critics of the time and the society and became the subject of ridicule. The link between Turner's aesthetics and modernist abstraction was only established in a series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the mid-1960s. Turner's artistic aesthetics also prioritized the avant-garde movement, which shaped artists who were sensitive to social problems and questioned the current state of impressionism, expressionism, abstract art and art. In this study, selected recent works of William Turner with his sublime aesthetic will be examined. The method of the analysis was carried out by using some data in the semiotics universe and by focusing on the contrasts, similarities and differences with the poetics method. Purpose of the study; The aim is to reveal the stylistic commonalities and differences of William Turner's landscape paintings, as well as their originality and distinctive features, through selected works.
Keywords: Romance, Sublime, Landscape, William Turner, Poetics