Explore the expressive brushwork and artistic freedom that came to define the later years of one of Britain’s most prolific artists, Constable.
Exploring the last 12 years of Constable’s life, the exhibition features work made between 1825-1837 that demonstrate an evolution of style and focus for the Romantic landscape painter. The expressive brushwork first appears in his ‘plein air’ oil sketches from nature and full-size preparatory sketches, and his move to watercolour demonstrated a new enthusiasm which was echoed in his paintings and drawings from the same period.
Other works on display include a series of mezzotints (a method of engraving a metal plate by systematically and evenly pricking its entire surface) which showcase the masterful way the artist developed his ability to work with light and shade. Plus, oil paintings and ‘plein air’ sketches of memorable British locations such as Hampstead Heath, Stonehenge and the Brighton seafront explore Constable’s love of depicting the spectrum of landscape across Britain. And, his signature ethereal cloud formations, dramatic storms, dappled sunlight and rainbows are all dotted throughout the exhibition.
Explore the last chapter of Constable’s remarkable career, that went on to inspire a new generation of artists and some of the most important creative movements of the 19th century.