From Socialist Worker weekly in Britain:
John Constable: The Great Landscapes
Tate Britain, London SW1, to 28 August
John Constable (1776-1837) sold just 20 paintings in his lifetime – but then he became too popular.
Constant reproduction reduced works such as The Hay Wain to chocolate box cliches and saddled Constable with an undeserved reputation as a pastoral sentimentalist.
In fact Constable was a groundbreaking artist who jettisoned classical formalism for an art that captured lived experience.
Tate Britain is showing his finished works alongside full size preparatory oil sketches – fresh, alternative versions that Constable never exhibited.
Constable’s The Lock, 1824, fetched an eye-watering £22.4m (with buyer’s premium) at Christie’s in London yesterday following a media frenzy. The work was owned by Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza who said she needs the money to care for her collection: here.
- Constable’s cathedral ‘masterpiece’ is saved for the nation in £23.1million Tate deal (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Constable masterpiece bought by Tate (bbc.co.uk)
- John Constable (zoethompsonphotography.wordpress.com)
- Constable’s cathedral ‘masterpiece’ is saved for the nation in £23.1million Tate deal (dailymail.co.uk)
- Constable’s oil sketches: atmosphere and light (annemarietickle.wordpress.com)
- Brian Sewell: We’ve seen it all before … do we really need to spend millions to see it again? (standard.co.uk)
- Tate Britain displays England’s first female professional painter (guardian.co.uk)