John Constable Extravaganza

18 Jun

 

Painting in early 19th Century England, not long after Jane Austen published Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, John Constable anticipated Impressionism.  This is most evident in his plein air studies, intended as references in producing more finished studio works.  In these Constable exhibited the spontaneity and freedom of expression characteristic of Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Sisley some fifty years later.  There are also a few finished works of Constable which are highly Impressionistic.  I’m a Constable lover, and rather than feature a single Constable work I thought I’d post several favorites showing Constable doing Impressionism.  In addition to Rainstorm Over the Sea (1824), I’m including a number of Constable’s cloud studies (circa 1820s).

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