Constable, The Making of a Master opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 20 September. The V&A is the leading centre for the study of Constable’s works having in its possession over 300 paintings, sketches, drawings and watercolours.
The aim of the exhibition is to make visitors look at his work in a different way, breaking new ground in showing Constable as an art collector, addressing his lifelong relationship with his artistic heroes, from his early introduction to Old Masters to the numerous etchings he collected.
A film shows some of the places Constable painted, as they appear today. Among them, Hampstead Heath, Dedham Mill and Lock, Brighton beach, and Salisbury Cathedral.
Seven sections include his beginnings, outdoor sketching, and the copying of other artists who he admired. Some of his paintings are displayed side by side with those artists that influenced his work. These include Thomas Gainsborough’s Landscape with a Pool; Peter Paul Rubens’ Landscape by Midnight; and JMW Turner’s Willows Beside a Stream. Constable’s study of natural effects enabled him to transfer the outdoor oil sketch into a working tool.
Various events, talks, lectures, and courses are being held throughout the period of the exhibition which runs until 11 January, 2015.
Tickets £14. T. 020 7942 2000 http://www.vam.ac.uk