John Constable “Stoke-by-Nayland”


Oil paint on canvas • Romanticism • 181×264 mm • c.1810–11 • Tate

The banks of the River Stour ‘made me a painter’”, Constable claimed. The bold handling of paint and unusual sweeping brushstrokes of this sketch shows Constable’s confidence in oil. Painted outside, he aimed to capture the natural effects of light and atmosphere.

self portrait

John Constable

English landscape painter
was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk

June 11, 1776

His style: Romanticism

Check my tribute to this great painter here: John Constable


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  1. The unusual sweeping brushstrokes that you mentioned make this painting look unlike what I think of as a Constable. This work is more like what I’d expect from the end of the 1800s rather than their beginning.

  2. Finally a tribute I’ve already seen, Marina. 🙂 I love his work, the landscapes and clouds are simply stunning. Thanks for sharing again, a fabulous way to begin my work week. Hugs to you, dear friend. 💗💞⛅️❤️

    • Ah, so happy to hear that, Lauren. It’s impossible to include all the artwork produced by an artist, so I like to create new posts on their birthdays with artwork not included in the main tribute. ❤️🌷❤️

      • I think what you do is wonderful, Marina, and you educate those who aren’t familiar with the artists you pay tributes to. I was happy that I had seen your original post. The others were before you and I met. 🙂 Have a great day, my friend. xoxoxo

  3. John Constable was a powerhouse, wasn’t he Marina? He was able to capture the essence of personality in his portraits and yet bring the landscape world to us with his paintbrush. Another brilliant tribute to an amazing artist. Thank you. Sending many hugs!

  4. I spent a memorable holiday by the Stour at Dedham vale not far from here – the place still bears reminiscences of Constable’s art – am off now to read your tribute

  5. Now this is one of my all time favourite artists.. When I first got married I had a print of the Hay Wain bought me as a wedding gift lol…. 🙂 ❤ It remained upon my wall for many a year 🙂

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