Thursday, June 28, 2007
CONSTABLE : THE YOUNG WALTONIANS
Painted by John Constable (1776–1837) who was with Turner the leading figures in English landscape painting of the 19th century.
The son of a prosperous miller, he showed artistic talent while very young but did not devote himself to art until he was 23, when he went to London to study at the Royal Academy.
Influenced by the 17th-century landscape painter Claude Lorrain, he never went abroad, and his finest works are of the places he knew and loved best, particularly Suffolk and Hampstead, where he lived from 1821. In France, however, he was a major influence on Romantics such as Delacroix, on the painters of the Barbizon School, and ultimately on the Impressionists.
In 1835, his last lecture to the students of the Royal Academy, in which he praised Raphael and called the R.A. the "cradle of British art", was "cheered most heartily". He died on the night of the 31st March, apparently from indigestion. This picture fetched 43,800 Pounds in a sale in 1946.