English Romantic Landscape Painter
Cause of Death - Heart Failure
It is important to understand that John Constable
as a painter was not interested in trends and new techniques; he was
captivated by the landscape alone. As for style, Constable
applies the general rules of conventional pictorial landscape art, the
first principle being that a painting must take into consideration the
flatness and immobility of the surface. He imitates--at least in
part--the techniques of Claude Lorrain, Thomas Gainsborough, Peter Paul Rubens
According to his biographer, Mary Schell Hoke Bacon, "Constable had many enemies, and made many more after he became an Academician. Some artists, who would have liked that honour and who could not gain it for themselves, declared that Constable painted with a palette knife," though it certainly would not have mattered if he had, since he made great pictures."
Constable loved to live in the beautiful landscapes he painted, often pitching a tent and reveling in the beauty of nature. Overwhelmingly, a spiritual path guided much of his art. The refreshing beauty nature of his work has captivated art lovers for over two centuries.
John Constable Art Quotations
I have been ill, but am endeavouring to get work
again, and could I get afloat upon a canvas of six feet, I might have a
chance of being. -- John Constable
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References - Pictures Every Child Should Know by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon