Landscape special

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Denis Taylor. painters Tubes magazine Editor

“Landscape painting is probably the most ubiquitous form of art in today’s contemporary art world. It is certainly the most popular (as stated in the annual report of “Bought Art Data” clearly shows). And it has been for year upon year. Most painters have turned their hand to painting landscape at one time or another. And for good reasons, it is an extremely accessible subject and open to a Kaleidoscope of interpretation by visual artists. Historically landscape painting enjoys a rich inheritance. Probably the most renown painter of nature in today’s world is Claude Monet.

He is the first artists name that sits on the lips of the public when talking about painting. Perhaps even the very word ‘painting’ is more synonymous with the word Monet than Turner or Constable...except in England of course.”

European Landscape painting history

“ When in 1821 Turner was completing his painting “Venice from Susina” Constable was applying the finishing touches to the Haywain. It is remarkable to think today that the Haywain painting was hailed as a revolution in painting by the French Art Academy. Constable had been invited to the Salon through Théodore Géricault who had seen the work of the artist in London. The Haywain became the most highly regarded work-of-art in Paris. When the painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon on public view, Eugène Delacroix was so in awe of it he began repainting several canvasses, Constable's influence was that strong.

Whilst in England, Constable always struggled to gain the recognition he so desperately wanted and needed for the ‘society’ position that would give the ‘fame and fortune’ he craved. Constable was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. He never recovered from the loss of his wife and struggled with the responsibility of bringing up their seven children. Financial success eluded him. Turner on the other hand did very well. In his will he left the today’s equivalent of eight million pounds to friends and charities. And his life’s work, known as the Turner bequest, was given to the National Gallery providing one of his works was hung next to Poussin (Turner’s hero).

In 2019 two drawings by Constable were unearthed in an old cardboard box (private property) filled with drawings; amazingly the drawings sold for £60,000 and £32,000 at auction. The Haywain, which is now something of an English icon, is today seen as the image for tea trays and jigsaw puzzles and so on, all for sale in gift shops. Despite the seemingly tweeness of nine

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