Tate British Artists: John Constable



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William Vaughan


John Constable (1776-1837) is best known for his idyllic paintings of the English countryside. Yet he was also a brilliant innovator who brought a new vivacity to the observation of nature. He practiced oil painting in the open air, capturing in particular the “effervescent” effects of atmospherics – as can be seen, for example, in his wonderful studies of clouds. His art became a benchmark for naturalist painters throughout Europe and America in the 19th century, and he continues to be one of the most popular and influential artists today. This book draws extensively on the artist’s own correspondence to provide a fresh understanding of his artistic aims and achievements, and reassesses his role in the development of modern art.

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Weight 520 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 November 2015
Number of pages 96
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.5 x 24.8 cm
Weight 520 g


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William Vaughan is professor emeritus in history of art at Birkbeck College, University of London.