• My Art History: John Constable

    16 days ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    One of Constable's "Six-Footers":
    Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 59.7”x74.7”, oil on canvas, 1831
    National Gallery, Tate UK

    In the last “My Art History” post, I wrote about the Romantic painter, Turner. John Constable (1776-1837) was of that same period, but his sensibility was entirely different. Although I would classify him also as a Romantic, his landscapes, steeped in the pastoral and picturesque, mostly lack any depiction of the sublime, which was a hallmark of Turner's later work. Constable took landscape painting into a new direction. He meticulously studied the natural...
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