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John Constable

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John Constable Biography

John Constable was one of the major European landscape artists of the XIX century, whose art was admired by Delacroix and Gericault and influenced the masters of Barbizon and even the Impressionists, although he did not achieved much fame during his lifetime in England, his own country. John Constable was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, on 11 June 1776, the fourth child and second son of Ann and Golding Constable. His father was a prosperous local corn merchant who inherited his business from an uncle in 1764. Constable was educated at Dedham Grammar School, where he distinguished himself more by his draughtsmanship than his scholarship. In 1793 his father decided to train him as a miller and, consequently, Constable spent a year working on the family mill, which helped him to determine his course of life: he would be an artist.

John Constable 44 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

John Constable Bibliography

John Constable. The Man and His Work. by C. Peacock. London. 1965.

John Constable. by A. Tchegodayev. Moscow. 1968.

John Constable’s Correspondence. by R. B. Beckett. London. 1968.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Constable (World of Art) by Michael Rosenthal. Thames & Hudson, 1987.

Memoirs of the Life of John Constable (Arts & Letters) by Charles Robert Leslie, Jonathan Mayne (Editor). Phaidon Press Inc., 1995.

The Early Paintings and Drawings of John Constable: Text and Plates by Graham Reynolds. Paul Mellon Center, 1996.

Constable: The Life and Masterworks by Barry Venning. Parkstone Press, 2005.

John Constable: The Man and His Art by Ronald Parkinson. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1998.

Constable and His Drawings by Ian Flemming-Williams. Philip Wilson Publishers, 1990.