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John Constable: Paintings

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Length: 39 pages4 minutes

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John Constable was English artist, considered with Turner as one of the greatest British landscape painters. His most excellent landscapes are of the places Constable knew, mainly Suffolk and Hampstead, where he lived. He worked broadly in the open air, drawing and sketching, but his finished pictures were produced in the studio. Constable refused the strict or "picturesque" depicting of nature; as an alternative he tried to seize the effects of changing light and the forms of clouds moving crosswise the sky. He loved the country landscape and open-air scenes in his inhabitant Suffolk. His larger scenes were sketched full-size in oil, and the sketch was then used as a model for the finished painting.

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