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John Constable was born a day like today in 1776
11 June, 2017
English painter John Constable, RA (1776 – 1837) was a Romantic painter, mainly known for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area now known as “Constable Country”—which he invested with an intensity of affection.
Unlike many British painters of his time, he did not yearn for the splendours of Italy, the Swiss Alps or the romance of the Rhine Valley, preferring instead to paint the unassuming meadows, country lanes, mills, locks and grooves of his native Suffolk.
His work was embraced in France, inspiring the Barbizon school.; Delacroix praised him as the “father of our school of the landscape”.
We highlight here the exhibition held at the Staatgalerie in Sttutgart, dedicated to his Oil Sketches and Drawings in 2011: John Constable. Natural painter.
“I should paint my own places best”, he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, “painting is but another word for feeling”.