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From Chocolate Box to Jackson Pollock: The Materials and Techniques of Constable’s Exhibited Oils of the 1820s-30s

From: Friday 16.02.18
at 12:45pm
To: Friday 16.02.18
at 1:30pm

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
​Scottish National Gallery


Free event


Event description: 

Constable’s ‘six-footers’ include some of his most famous and iconic paintings: The White Horse (1819), The Haywain (1821), The Leaping Horse (1825) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831). Their compositions were derived from small pencil drawings and oil studies and for each Constable painted a full-size oil sketch. These ‘six-foot’ sketches were unique and extraordinary creations in the early 19th century and were unseen by all but his family and closest friends during his lifetime.

Sarah Cove ACR - paintings conservator, technical art historian, lecturer and Icon Trustee - has carried out extensive research on Constable’s oil painting practice as part of the Constable Research Project. In this lecture, she describes his diverse painting methods in oil sketches, studio studies and exhibited pictures, illustrated by highly detailed images taken during technical and scientific examination of these works. Constable’s dynamic late works and artistic temperament are brought to life in a new and exciting manner revealing a ‘Jackson Pollock of the 1830s’. You will never look at these ‘chocolate box’ pictures the same way again – guaranteed!


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