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Description of John Constable's “Cart for Hay”


The painter reached the pinnacle of fame as the only great landscape painter of Great Britain in the 19th century, thanks to his persistence and thirst for knowledge, as well as studying the works of eminent Masters of his time.

He painted in an individual style, abandoning the standard rules that were inherent in landscape painting of that time. He began to observe nature independently, drawing all its beauty in the context of a real vision for him.

The motives of his paintings were simple and natural, but they reflected the majesty of compositions and colors, filled with feelings of unity and harmony of nature. He loved to work in nature, where clean, fresh air enveloped his restless and bold strokes, filling them with a gradation of light, the vibrant dynamics of colors and the state of the air.

So in the work "Cart in the Hay", which is the world symbol of the landscape of English painting, the romantic artist depicted episodes of the daily life of people living near the Stur River. This work was first exhibited at the Royal Academy under the name Constable "Passage: Noon."

Here he very realistically depicted a warm, quiet day. Horses are slowly walking through the ford, while a curious dog watches them. The dog’s fixed gaze helps the viewer peer deep into the picture and appreciate the delightful natural beauty of the area.

However, despite the high appreciation at the Royal Academy and the large number of positive opinions of the jury and critics, unfortunately, they did not get the picture.

Three years passed, and the Work was presented at the Salon, in Paris. And it was there that she made the due splash. The audience was delighted with the water in the river, which was like real. Only Constable painted water with titanium whitewash and the effect of tiny strokes, which gave this technique the name Constable snowflakes.





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Watch the video: Guided Art Appreciation - Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable (September 2020).