Monday, November 8, 2010

The Haywain, Constable

This oil on canvas painting holds special significance for its artist, John Constable.  The scene of Flatford Mill was a familiar one, considering his father owned the mill itself. The house next to it still stands today. It is the home of the tenant farmer, Willy Lott. Revered as one of the greatest paintings by a British artist, this painting also gained acclaim in its own day and age, specifically from French artist, Theodore Gericault.
The merging of detail and a general sense of haziness is exquisite. One can tell that the artist truly valued this natural landscape. It was no exotic, foreign panorama, but one that was certainly worth putting onto canvas for posterity's sake.

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