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John Constable

(1776-1837)

John Constable pioneered a new way of plein-air painting. He used a lot of green in his paintings, often combining it with vague accents of red. If there are figures in his paintings, they are usually almost hidden and hardly noticeable. Constable also used rather thick layers of paint, especially in his later years. His landscapes had a strong influence on the French landscape painting and his swift gestures and use of light to create a particular mood were an inspiration to the impressionists.

Artist’s Quote: “No two days are alike, not even two hours; neither were there two leaves alike since the creation of the world”

Key artwork: The Hay Wain, 1821

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