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John Constable (1776-1837) John Constable was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk, England. He became a great landscape painter. The area of Dedham Vale in Suffolk is known as 'Constable Country'.
Arundel Mill
Hampstead Heath
Parhams Mill
Shoreham Bay
Salisbury Cathedral
St. Johns Dale


La Baie de Weymouth à l'approche de l'orage
H. : 0,88 m. ; L. : 1,12 m.

Cette vue d'une plage du Dorset sur la côte sud de l'Angleterre fut peinte vers 1818 - 1819 et exposée à la British Institution en 1819. Elle était alors légèrement plus petite et l'on peut voir aujourd'hui la trace des deux bandes de toile qui furent rajoutées par l'artiste en haut et à gauche. Cet agrandissement donne plus de place aux nuages et à la mer dans la composition. L'oeuvre ainsi agrandie fut gravée par le graveur David Lucas, à la demande de Constable pour former l'une des illustrations de son recueil English Ladscape Scenery.
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Name:Royal Academy
Date:Saturday November 5, 2005 1:57:41 pm MST
Message:Constable was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, the son of a well-todo mill owner. An early interest in drawing was encouraged by the connoisseur Sir George Beaumont and the etcher and draRsman J. T. ("Antiquity") Smith, and in 1799 Constable traveled to London and entered the Royal Academy Schools.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1802 and began making regular sketching and painting trips to rural parts of central and southeastern England, developing his style of plein-air sketching. Larger, more finished compositions were worked up in the studio, and in 1819 Constable exhibited at the academy the first of his sixfoot canvases showing scenes from the Stour River valley.

He was elected an associate of the academy in 1819 but not a full member until 1829. Inclusion of three paintings in the Paris Salon of 1824 brought him to the excited attention of French artists, who saw in his work a new model of fidelity to nature. In later life, the vivid naturalism of his landscapes gave way to a looser, more expressionistic style.

The lectures on landscape painting he presented in his last years, from 1833 to 1836, preserve a personal account of his theories and practices.

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