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Artist: John ConstableTitle: The Cornfield * Original in National Galley- London, EnglandMedium: Lithograph print on paperImage size: 15 1/2" x 11 1/2" * Sheet size: 20 1/4" x 15 1/2" * Condition: Good; staining to the bottom of the sheetBiography: * John Constable (1776-1837) quietly rebelled against the artistic culture that taught artists to use their imagination to compose their pictures rather than nature itself.  Although Constable produced paintings throughout his life for the "finished" picture market of patrons and R.A. exhibitions, constant refreshment in the form of on-the-spot studies was essential to his working method, and he never satisfied himself with following a formula. "The world is wide", he wrote, "no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other.  Constable painted many full-scale preliminary sketches of his landscapes in order to test the composition in advance of finished pictures. These large sketches, with their free and vigorous brushwork, were revolutionary at the time, and they continue to interest artists, scholars and the general public.  Possibly more than any other aspect of Constable's work, the oil sketches reveal him in retrospect to have been an avant-garde painter, one who demonstrated that landscape painting could be taken in a totally new direction. * *Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable * *

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John Constable The Cornfield Lithograph Art Print

Auction ended on Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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