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John Constable

Data de nascimento: 11. Junho 1776
Data de falecimento: 31. Março 1837

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John Constable foi um pintor romântico inglês.

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„On the death of these great men Rembrandt, Ruysdael and Cum] Landscape rapidly declined; and during almost the whole of the succeeding century, little was produced... From this degraded and fallen state it is delightful to say that landscape painting revived in our own country [England], in all its purity, simplicity, and grandeur, in the works of Wilson, Gainsborough, Cozens, and Girtin.“

— John Constable
Quote from Constable's lecture at Hampstead, 1833; as quoted in: 'A brief history of weather in European landscape art', John E. Thornes, in Weather Volume 55, Issue 10 Oct. 2000, p. 367 having discussed the important role of Rembrandt in landscape painting and mentioning the significance of Ruysdael and Cum, Constable identifies a decline in landscape painting in Europe

„I paint by all the daylight we have and that is little enough, less perhaps than you have by much... imagine to yourself how a purl must look through a burnt glass.“

— John Constable
Letter to John Dunthorne, 1801; as quoted in Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable (Tate Gallery Publications, London, 1993), p. 510

„Sept. 6th, 1822, looking S. E. – 12 to 1 o'clock, fresh and bright, between showers – much the look of rain all the morning, but very fine and grand all the afternoon and evening.“

— John Constable
Constable's inscription at the back of a cloud study, 6 September 1822, as quoted in Constable, Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Tate Gallery Publications, London 1993, p. 233

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„A self-taught painter is one taught by a very ignorant person.“

— John Constable
Quoted in The Quarterly Review vol. 119 (1866), p. 292.

„Painting is a science and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not a landscape be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but experiments?“

— John Constable
Quote from 'The History of Landscape Painting,' fourth lecture, Royal Institution (16 June 1836), from John Constable's Discourses, ed. R.B. Beckett, (Ipswich, Suffolk Records Society, 1970), p. 69.

„It is always my endeavour however in making a picture that it should be without a companion in the world. At least such should be a painters ambition.“

— John Constable
Letter to a client, Mr Carpenter (23 July 1828), as quoted in Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable (Tate Gallery Publications, London, 1993), p. 291

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„I am most anxious to get into my London painting-room, for I do not consider myself at work unless I am before a six-foot canvas. I have done a good deal of skying for I am determined to conquer all difficulties, and that among the rest.“

— John Constable
Quote from John Constable's letter to Rev. John Fisher (23 October 1821), as quoted in Richard Friedenthal, Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock (Thames and Hudson, London, 1963), p. 41

„He seems to paint with tinted steam, so evanescent, and so airy.“

— John Constable
Letter to his brother George, 1836, referring to J M W Turner

„We must bear in recollection that the sentiment of the picture is that of solemnity, not gaiety & nothing garish, but the contrary — yet it must be bright, clear, alive fresh, and all the front seen.“

— John Constable
Letter to David Lucas (15 February 1836), on the mezzo print of the 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows'; as quoted in Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable (Tate Gallery Publications, London, 1993), p. 37

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