Constable: Impressions of land, sea, and sky
Exhibition now closed
3 March – 8 October 2006
All primary and secondary groups, whether educator-led or self-guided, can enjoy Constable: Impressions of land, sea and sky free of charge. This offer is exclusive to the Constable exhibition.
John Constable (1776–1837) was one of the greatest English landscape painters, renowned for his ‘pure and unaffected representation of nature'.
This breathtaking exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works by this remarkable artist. It features more than 100 drawings, watercolours, oil paintings, and engravings – art that became the benchmark for naturalist painters in 19th century Europe, particularly France.
Constable’s subjects were connected to places he knew intimately. His rapid, on-the-spot sketches brought new vitality to the observation of nature. The exhibition focuses on his favourite themes – including Flatford Lock, Salisbury Cathedral, and clouds. It also explores his debt to earlier artists, such as Claude Lorrain, and the relationship between his oil works and their counterpart engravings.
This exhibition is indemnified by the New Zealand Government.