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OPENING LECTURE: 'The Light of Nature’: John Constable’s Late Work and his...

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Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery

The Mound

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John Constable is best known to National Gallery visitors for his celebrated canvas, Dedham Vale, 1828. The tour to Edinburgh of his late masterpiece, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831 (acquired by Tate in 2013 in partnership with the National Galleries and three other UK partners) offers a unique opportunity to investigate Constable’s late style and his influence on the next generation. Anne Lyles, who contributed to the catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery in 2000 about Constable’s Clouds, will talk about the work the artist made after 1828-9, following his wife’s death and his election as a full Royal Academician. She will explain how, in the 1830s, Constable’s paintings become notable for their highly expressive brushwork whilst, perhaps paradoxically, their subjects are often imbued with a sense of nostalgia. She will also speak about the important influence Constable’s work exerted on the famous Scottish landscape painter, William McTaggart, whose Storm, 1890, will be included in the accompanying display.

Image: John Constable, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831 © Tate, London 2013. Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Manton Foundation, Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.

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