John Constable was an artist for all weathers who studied atmospheric conditions to gain a greater understanding for his favourite subject which was landscape paintings. He was never fully appreciated during his lifetime especially in his home country of England but in France the new wave of romantic artists would balk in appreciative amazement at his tender brush strokes of skylines. Indeed, some of his collection caused a sensation when presented at "The Salon" in Paris in 1924 with one of his more famous paintings "The Hay Wain" (1921) being awarded a Gold Medal from King Charles X of France. He never ventured overseas to promote his paintings which contributed to his modest success during his lifetime and in on letter to his friend (Francis Darby) Constable was quoted as saying: "I would rather be a poor man [in England] than a rich man abroad". His study of skylines was intense as he made detailed notes on changing cloud formations and John Constable was even quoted about his learned artistic ambition when he said: "We see nothing truly till we understand it". He is classed, along with Joseph Turner, as on of the most important landscape painters of the 19th century. He was heartbroken at the death of his wife Maria Elizabeth Bicknell but he continued to care for his seven children up until his death. Posthumously his work has enjoyed tremendous success as his paintings proudly adorn the walls in The Lourve, London's National Gallery, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Away from the easel he was also good for a one liner, so here is my compilation of 10 of the best John Constable quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: John Constable
- Born: 11th June 1776, East Bergholt, Suffolk, East Anglia, England
- Died: 31st March 1837, Charlotte Street, London, England
- Alma mater: Royal Academy Of Arts
- Occupation: Artist and painter
- Best known for: Landscape painting
- Movement: Naturalism
- Influenced by: Annibale Carracci, Claude Lorrain, Jacob van Ruisdael, John Thomas Smith, Peter Paul Rubens and Thomas Gainsborough
- Inspired: Constant Troyon, Eugène Delacroix, François-Louis Français, Henri Harpignies, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet, Jules Dupré, Paul-Emmanuel Péraire, Pierre Emmanuel Damoye and Théodore Rousseau
- Trivia: The Dedham Vale area of Suffolk is now more commonly known as "Constable Country" because of the many paintings he created there. It is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty located alongside the river Stour as it skirts the Suffolk-Essex border
- Quotes about John Constable: The French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix was inspired by him when he said: "He and Turner were real reformers. They broke out of the rut of traditional landscape painting. Our School, which today abounds in men of talent in this field, profited greatly by their example"
- Henry Scott Trimmer wrote glowingly of his artistry: "As I write, June 10th, 1861, John Constable stands next to Gainsborough as a painter of English landscape. Whoever passes him will paint well indeed"
"I never saw an ugly thing in my life"
"Landscape is my mistress - t' is to her that I look for fame - and all that the warmth of the imagination renders dear to man"
"When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture"
"No man who can do any one thing well will be able to any different thing equally well"
"The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth"
"I have done a good deal of skying for I am determined to conquer all difficulties"
"Still Nature is the fountain's head, the source from whence all originally must spring"
"We see nothing truly till we understand it"
"My skies have not been neglected, though they often failed in execution"
"Painting is but another word for feeling"
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