Description of the painting by John Constable “Cart for hay”

Description of the painting by John Constable Cart for hay

The painter reached the height of his fame as the only great landscape painter of Great Britain of the XIX century, thanks to his perseverance and thirst for knowledge, as well as studying the works of famous Masters of his time.

He painted in an individual style, abandoning the standard rules that were inherent in landscape painting of the time. He began to observe nature on his own, drawing all her beauty in the context of his real vision.

The motives of his paintings were simple and natural, but they reflected all the majesty of compositions and paints, filled with sensations of the unity and harmony of nature. He loved to work in nature, where clean, fresh air enveloped him with restless and bold strokes, filling them with a gradation of light, lively dynamics of colors and the state of the air environment.

Similarly, in his work The Cart in the Hay, which is the world symbol of the landscape of English painting, the romantic artist depicted episodes of the daily life of people living near the Stur River. This work was first exhibited at the Royal Academy under the name Constable “Pasezh: Noon.”

Here he very realistically portrayed a warm quiet day. Horses walk slowly across the ford, and a curious dog follows them. The dog’s aspiring gaze helps the viewer peer into the depths of the picture and appreciate the delightful natural beauty of this area.

However, despite the high appreciation of the Royal Academy and the large number of positive opinions from the jury and critics, unfortunately, the picture has not been acquired.

Three years have passed, and the Work was presented at the Salon, in Paris. And it was there that she made a proper furor. The public was delighted with the water in the river, which was like real. Only Constable painted water with titanium white and tiny brushstrokes, which gave this technique the name “Constable’s snowflakes”.

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