John Constable was an English Landscape painter that received critical acclaim for his exquisitely detailed paintings of the English countryside. Born in 1776 in Suffolk, Constable found himself enamored of the casual elegance of the nature that surrounded his home. Likely his most famous painting, The Hay Wain, is emblematic of Constable’s typical paintings. It features an unassuming workday on the farm, yet the viewer is immediately met with stunningly vibrant details and sweeping romanticism.
While many painters of his time were drawn to themes of extravagance and mysticism, Constable was steadfast in his love for his hometown. The viewer can sense his genuine love for the countryside through his use of bold colors and glistening highlights in his paintings. While he was not particularly successful during his lifetime, the work of John Constable is now credited for revolutionizing the future of landscape painting.