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John Constable

Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum London

17.09.11 – 29.01.12

John Constable, 'The Hay Wain', 1821, National Gallery of Art, London

John Constable (1776-1837) was the father of modern landscape painting. Constable was an innovator who revamped the academic styles by choosing to work directly from nature and developing a direct painting technique. His influence extended to the French Impressionists.

This exhibition provided a unique insight into the painter’s method based on masterpieces from the renowned Constable collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The presentation underscored this artist’s historical relevance and his enduring influence. The highlights of the exhibition were two large oil sketches which Constable painted for "The Hay Wain” and “The Leaping Horse", two of his most renowned works. These full-scale drawings are as large as their finished counterparts and are unique in the history of art. These prestigious works from the V&A’s collection were especially restored for this exhibition. They were counter posed with a finished painting by Constable, a special group of smaller oil sketches and a wonderful series of his watercolours and drawings from the Victoria and Albert collection.