The V&A's major autumn exhibition will re-examine the work of John Constable (1776-1837), Britain’s best-loved artist. The show will explore his sources, techniques and legacy and reveal the hidden stories of how John Constable created some of his most loved and well-known paintings.
Curated by Mark Evans, Senior Paintings Curator at the V&A, Constable: The Making of a Master will juxtapose Constable’s work for the first time with the art of 17th-century masters of classical landscape such as Ruisdael, Rubens and Claude, whose compositional ideas and formal values Constable revered. On display will be such famous works as The Haywain (1821), The Cornfield (1826) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), together with the oil sketches he painted outdoors direct from nature and a previously unrecorded oil sketch discovered in the V&A’s permanent collection, concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead (c.1821-22)
Martin Roth, V&A Director, said: “The V&A has been one of the leading centres for Constable research since the 19th century, following a significant gift of paintings, oil sketches and drawings from Constable’s daughter Isabel in 1888. This exhibition refreshes our understanding of his work and creative influence. It shows that Constable’s art, so well-loved and familiar to many of us, still delivers surprises.”
The exhibition will bring together over 150 works of art from oil sketches and drawings, to watercolours and engravings.
Constable: The Making of a Master
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
20 September 2014 - 11 January 2015