Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill by John Constable

Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill by John Constable

Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill by John Constable was painted in 1816-17 and can be seen reproduced on Bridegate. The original is housed in The National Gallery who have this to say about the artwork and artist ""A view looking west, showing the small Jordan River flowing over the sands, and Jordan Hill and Furzy Cliff behind. In October 1816 Constable went to Osmington near Weymouth for his honeymoon; the idea for the painting probably dates from this period. A larger version called Osmington Shore was exhibited by him at the British Institution in 1819. Constable is famous for his landscapes, which are mostly of the Suffolk countryside, where he was born and lived. He made many open-air sketches, using these as a basis for his large exhibition paintings, which were worked up in the studio. His pictures are extremely popular today, but they were not particularly well received in England during his lifetime. He did, however, have considerable success in Paris. Constable was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk. He was largely self-taught, and developed slowly. In 1799 he was a probationer, and in 1800 a student at the Royal Academy schools. He exhibited from 1802 at the Royal Academy in London, and later at the Paris Salon. He influenced the Barbizon School and the French Romantic movement. Like Thomas Gainsborough, Constable was influenced by Dutch artists such as Jacob van Ruisdael. The works of Peter Paul Rubens and Claude also proved to be useful colouristic and compositional models. However, the realism and vitality of Constable's work make it highly original."

May, 31, 2015

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