John Constable

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John Constable:
Emotion and Influence


Art Appreciation
Professor Giselle Hasel


I. Introduction
a. Thesis statement
i. John Constable was one of the artists who brought originality and emotion to art, and did so by painting what he loved, and not conforming to the standard norms. II. Body
b. John Constable’s Life
c. Art at the time of John Constable
d. What makes a John Constable Painting?
e. Constable’s Works of Art
ii. Stonehenge
iii. Dedham Lock and Mill
iv. The Haywain
v. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
vi. Boat Building near Flatford Mill
vii. Flatford Mill on the Stour
viii. Brighton Beach
III. Conclusion
f. Restate it all

John Constable
From the time I was four I have lived in a small town in northern Michigan. This old logging village is huddled amidst hills that make a small protective valley for the residence of a thousand people. This is where my heart lies. When I am at home, where everyone knows everyone and no one is truly forgotten, I find a peculiar peace that I have not experienced anywhere else. At the age of nine I went to summer camp for the first time, and for the next 7 years I returned each summer. It was there that I offered my life to God with a decision for baptism, and it was there that I experienced the love and character of Christ through young Christians. Now, for three years, I have gone back to the place where I face God in a special way to work. There in the still of the morning I see the calm of nature, I hear the critters call, and once again I realize that God is immense and yet small enough to care about this little guy down here on our little rock. The first time I swung a golf club I was eleven, and I haven’t put my clubs away since. Out on the course I relax, relate, and find refuge in the honor and solemnity of this age-old game. The beauty and grandeur of the God-created-man-designed arena where the game of golf is played reminds me of the power of God, and the creativity he created in us. If I were an artist…if I painted artworks, wrote poems, sang songs, or inscribed novels these are the places from which I would draw my inspiration. I imagine this the way a man who lived from 1776 until 1837 drew his inspiration to paint great works of art, works that have had invaluable influence on many painters in the time following his life. This man’s name is John Constable. Constable was one of the early romantic painters whose perseverance and determination changed art for all of time. John Constable was one of the artists who brought originality and emotion to art, and did so by painting what he loved, and not conforming to the standard norms. With these qualities it wan not long until others mimicked his style. John Constable’s Life

To understand Constable, his art and influence his life and history must be explained. John Constable was born in 1776 to the owners of a prosperous mill in a fertile farming area of England. Constable showed an interest in art but no real skill so it was difficult for him to convince his father to allow him to pursue a career in art. However, in 1799 at the age of twenty-three constable was able to enroll at the Royal Academy School in London. At the Royal Academy Constable meet Sir George Beaumont an art collector. Beaumont allowed Constable to look over his collection of famous works, many of which were landscapes. This experience, along with copying many of the paintings in his Beaumont’s collection had a large influence in bring Constable to latter become chiefly a landscape painter. Author Guiseppe Gatt credits Richard Wilson, Turner, and Gainsborough all as Constable’s main influences. At first Constable was not able to focus solely on the art that he wanted to paint. Living mainly off commissions, he was forced to make a living from painting copies of other’s...
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