“John Constable”

Constable re-examined at the V&A

“Contstable: The Making of a Master”, an exhibition at the V&A in London from 20 September until 11 January 2015, will present works by the renowned landscape painter alongside those of the Masters who influenced his work. Over 150 works will be shown, encompassing a variety of forms including oil sketches, drawings, watercolours and engravings, revealing much about the artist’s methods and techniques. Other artists displayed alongside Constable will include Ruisdael, Rubens and Claude Lorrain, from whom Constable learned much about the formal values of landscape painting. Constable’s work transformed the genre of landscape painting, being one of the first painters to paint directly from nature as opposed to his imagination, resulting in pieces which capture the effects of the open air and light on the English countryside. The Director of the V&A, Martin Roth, said of the exhibition that it “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.”...

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V&A finds hidden work by Constable

London, 27 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Experts from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have discovered a new oil sketch by John Constable, during preparations for the exhibition “Constable: The Making of a Master”, to go on display at the institution in September 2014. The piece – discovered by Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras – was discovered on the reverse of an existing work Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead, where it had been concealed underneath the lining. Thought to have been painted between 1821 and 1822, the work depicts a scene with a cloudy sky above trees, and a smoking structure thought to be a kiln. It is not unusual for a Constable work to have been painted on both sides of the canvas; when 92 of the painter’s oil works were bequeathed to the V&A by his daughter, Isabel, in 1888, six were found to be double sided. The newly-discovered work is to go on public display at the V&A’s Edwin and Susan Davis Galleries from 27 November...

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Over £7 million for art collection of TS Eliot’s widow

London, 21 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The sale which took place on 20 November at Christie’s London, saw a museum-worthy collection of art which formerly belonged to Valerie Eliot, widow of celebrated poet TS Eliot, fetch more than £7 million. The total exceeded the pre-sale estimate by more than £2 million. The pieces sold included works by by LS Lowry, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Jewellery, furniture and portrait miniatures were among the objects on offer. The top sale was for a John Constable pencil and watercolour sketch, which achieved almost double its estimated value, selling for £662,500. Valerie Eliot funded her impressive art collection with the royalties from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, which was based on her husband’s collection of poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. She died in 2012 aged...

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Tate Britain acquires an important work by John Constable

London, 23 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Tate Britain has acquired an important work by British painter John Constable for the sum of £23.1m The purchase of The Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831) could be carried out thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund of £15.8m, the biggest sum ever given by the fund in order to buy a painting. Another £1m was paid by the Art Fund. Since 1938, the work had been loaned by the National Gallery of Art in London but the owner’s family recently decided to sell it. The canvas depicts an impressive cathedral under the sky with a rainbow. 19th-century landscapist John Constable explored throughout his career the themes of history, religion and...

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The Lock established a world record

London, 4 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Old Master & British paintings evening sale at Christie’s London on 3 July 2012 took £85,057,100 (€105,7m). As stated by the Artinfo website on 4 July 2012, the sale result is a record, signalling the peak of this category. Concerning the number of lots, 84% of the works found buyers against 96% regarding the turnover. These works included the painting The Lock by British artist John Constable. The work, considered to be one of the best British artwork of all time, was sold for £22,441,250 (around €27,9m). The sale of this painting established a new auction record, not only for the artist but also for an Old Master painting. Here are some lots: A Man in a Gorget and Cap, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, sold for £8,4m (around €10,5m); Christ between Saints Paul and Peter, by Pietro Lorenzetti, sold for £5,08m (around €6,3m); A view of Assendelft, by Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, sold for £3,7m (around...

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