A beautiful, gift-sized volume celebrating Constable’s enduring fascination and engagement with the sky.
John Constable was one of the supreme painters of the weather and his depictions of the sky are essential components of all his landscape paintings, from famous works such as The Hay Wain and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows to his numerous cloud studies painted on Hampstead Heath, culminating in paintings that are all sky; the landscape beneath is completely absent.
In a letter to friend John Fisher, written in 1821, Constable commented, “That landscape painter who does not make his skies a very material part of his composition, neglects to avail himself of one of his greatest aids . . . It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment.”
This beautifully captures the artist’s fascination with the sky and brings together his depictions of the English weather from throughout his career.
- Author: Mark Evans
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication date: August 2018