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Watch Colin Wiggins give an in-depth talk on John Constable's 'The Hay Wain', one of the best known paintings in the history of British art. Find out how radical Constable's approach was at the time of creating this extraordinary work, and how he would go on to influence the course of modern art, from Delacroix's painting technique, to the landscapes of the Impressionists, like Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Watch more Lunchtime Talks: http://bit.ly/1ox9gwx Subscribe and never miss a new video: http://bit.ly/1HrNTFd Would you like to attend our Lunchtime Talks? Take a look at our program: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/lunchtime-talks Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalGallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenationalgallery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/national_gallery/ Help keep the museum accessible for everyone by supporting us here: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/support-us The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The museum is free of charge and open 361 days per year, daily between 10.00 am - 6.00 pm and on Fridays between 10.00 am - 9.00 pm. Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Trinita Kennedy, curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, discusses one of the Frist Center's current exhibitions, Constable: Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum. This exhibition is on view through September 30, 2012. More about the exhibition: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London possesses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of paintings and drawings by the English Romantic landscape painter John Constable (1776--1837). This exhibition focuses on the role of the oil sketch in Constable's artistic practice throughout his entire career, from his apprenticeship to his death at the age of sixty. The presentation highlights the extraordinary full-size oil sketches Constable created in preparation for two of his most iconic exhibition pictures, The Hay Wain (1821) and The Leaping Horse (1825). Like the finished paintings, these sketches were painted on the grand scale of history paintings and measure over six-feet wide. They were recently cleaned, which enables us to see their original colors and tonalities for the first time in living memory. They are displayed side by side with one of the artist's finished paintings, Hampstead Heath: Branch Hill Pond, and a spectacular selection of Constable's small oil sketches. There are exquisite watercolors and drawings, which span from painstaking early works to the seemingly effortless later sketches that defined the now-canonical English landscape: the "Constable Country" of Suffolk and Essex, where the artist spent his childhood. In addition, there are views of Brighton, London, and Salisbury. The oil sketches for The Hay Wain and The Leaping Horse at the center of this exhibition were first loaned to the V&A by Henry Vaughn, an important collector of Constable's work, and remained there until their bequest in 1900 made them a permanent part of the museum's collection. The V&A's collection of oil sketches and other works by Constable grew significantly in the later part of the nineteenth century with further extensive gifts from the artist's daughter Isabel Constable and daughter-in-law Anna Constable. These donations made the entirety of Constable's achievement, from rapid pencil drawings to oil sketches and finished paintings, accessible to the public for the first time and significantly enriched our understanding of the artist. The works in this exhibition provide unique insight into Constable's artistic practice and attest to the enduring power of England's foremost landscape painter. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Art historian Jacky Klein takes a look at two new exhibitions in London, celebrating two great British artists and their later work: Turner at Tate Britain and Constable at the V&A. http://www.artfund.org/what-to-see/exhibitions/2014/09/20/constable-the-making-of-a-master-exhibition http://www.artfund.org/what-to-see/exhibitions/2014/09/10/late-turner-painting-set-free-exhibition Get 50% off both exhibitions with the National Art Pass: http://www.artfund.org/get-involved/buy-a-national-art-pass Film by Northern Town: http://www.northerntown.co.uk/
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Between July 2006 and April 2013, I lived 45 minutes drive from the small area of East Anglia in England that inspired most of John Constable's paintings. I drove over to Constable Country as often as I could, and it became a place I adore. This video takes you on a tour of this tiny patch of unspoiled England, comparing Constable's paintings with how the actual landscape looks today.
Micheal Portillo stops at Manningtree station to visit the scene of the Haywain at Flatford.