Constable’s Hay Wain
Before the impressionist painters, there was John Constable and his emblematic painting of English rural life. A native of Suffolk, Constable was most inspired by the landscapes that surrounded him, similar to the likes of Monet, and his contemporary, Turner. But, unlike them, he would not experience success until decades into his career and years of struggling as an artist.
While a few of his paintings would make it into the prominent Royal Academy, large historical paintings were the most favored at the time, leaving his small canvases depicting quiet English landscapes in the dust. To compete with these massive canvases, Constable began painting his “six-footers” – from this adoption came the painting that would finally establish his place in history: The Hay Wain.
While this painting still demands attention today in The Royal Academy in London, at the time the white dashes of paint across the canvas, which Constable utilized to depict the sparkle of nature, made little sense to his countrymen. It wasn’t until its exhibition in The Parisian Salon in the Louvre, that The Hay Wain would garner appreciation, with those splotches of white paint that the English shunned laying the foundation for impressionist painters.
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