Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
1831
Romanticism
Oil on canvas
Tate Britain, London, UK

Constable started work on ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’ after the death of his wife. Exhibited in 1831, he continued working on the piece until his own death in 1837. The last of his huge six foot canvases the image is reflective of the turmoil of emotions Constable felt in his mourning.

John Constable
Romanticism, The Sublime in Art, Landscape Painters, British Art
Born: 11 June 1776, Suffolk, England
Nationality: English
Died: 31 March 1837, London, England

Constable, along with JMW Turner, revolutionized landscape painting of the 19th century. His paintings had a profound and far-reaching effect on European art. Moving away from the idealized landscapes, Constable favoured realistic depictions of the natural world through close observation.

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