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This new monograph explores the career of John Constable (1776-1837), one of the most important nineteenth-century British artists and the quintessential English landscapist. The painter who pioneered outdoor painting and elevated landscape subjects to masterpieces such as The Hay Wain, Flatford Mill and Dedham Lock – seeing his art as a natural philosophy and each work as a searching experiment – is presented afresh in this approachable yet inquiring new appraisal. In his thorough survey, Jonathan Clarkson offers the reader comprehensive assessment of Constable's oeuvre: from his earliest line drawings to the last masterpieces, including pencil drawings, quick outdoor oil sketches, painstakingly worked studio canvases, and less well-known portraits. Combining biographical detail with a rich historical and cultural context, Clarkson discusses Constable's theories and technique in depth, revealing the revolutionary influence Constable had on painting, from his own time to the present day.
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Clarkson, Jonathan (National Museum and Galleries of Wales, 2014)The paper looks at the depiction of history in Constable's later paintings, through the use of visual ambiguity and monumentality. The aim is to elicit the particular ways in which historical material and historical ideas ...
Clarkson, Jonathan (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014)The paper looks at the depiction of history in Constable's later paintings. It argues that the artist makes history visible in two ways: spatial ambiguity and monumentality. The first way renders historical forces mysterious ...