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Inspiring Landscapes by a Romantic
constable, the making of a master, victoria and albert museum, Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground, 1823, oil on canvas
Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground, 1823, oil on canvas. Victoria and Albert Museum,


In 1888, Isabel Constable bequeathed her father's famous paintings to the Victoria and Albert Museum (then the South Kensington Museum). The collection consisted of ninety-five oil paintings and sketches, two hundred and ninety-seven drawings and watercolours, and three sketchbooks.

The V&A Museum is now holding a special exhibition featuring John Constables work, which will be on display between the 20th September - 11th January 2015. Constable: The Making of a Master reveals the hidden stories of how he created some of his most loved paintings.

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Self-portrait, John Constable, c. 1799-1804, pencil and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk. National Portrait Gallery, London.


John Constable was born in 1776 in Suffolk; from the beginning, his artistic aim was clear - not to follow the path of old masters, whose idyllic landscapes were filled with depictions of mythological and biblical figures. Constable wanted to show nature as it was, but his scenes were no less idealistic, and he is recognised as one of the forerunners of the Romantic Movement.

Tickets to the exhibit are 15.50 adults, 13.50 seniors, 9 children and concessions, and free for under 12s. There will also be several related events to enjoy.

Curator Talk
19th September, 11:00am, 10

Ana Debenedetti gives a preview before the exhibit opens, highlighting some of the key works on display and the processes behind the show.

constable, clouds, the making of a master, victoria and albert museum, john constable
Image from www.vam.ac.uk


The Imagination Station
25th October - 2nd November, Free

Learn about the different types of clouds and create your own weather themed art.

The Making of a Master Constable Study Day
4th October, 10:30am, 15 - 45

Scholars will explore the artists' ambitions, interests, and techniques.

constable, the making of a master, victoria and albert museum, john constable, alistair sooke, the genius of constable
Image from www.vam.ac.uk


Alastair Sooke - The Genius of Constable
17th October, 6:30pm, 7 - 9

Daily Telegraph art critic, Alastair Sooke, gives a talk.

Mixed Media Landscapes
8th & 9th November, 10:30am, 128 - 160

A two-day practical workshop will help you with the essential skills to create stunning mixed media landscapes. Learn how to work with ink, pastels, and monotype to achieve good composition, layering, and three-dimensionality in your work.


constable, the making of a master, victoria and albert museum, john constable
Image from www.vam.ac.uk


Photography Inspired by Constable
17th November, 10:30am, 192 - 240

A three week practical workshop, take photography inspired by Constable's paintings.

Constable: The Making of a Master
19th November, 1pm, Free

A lunchtime lecture reassess John Constable's influences, techniques, and legacy, offering new interpretations.

Masters of British Landscape: Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and the Pre-Raphaelites
25th November, 11am, 170 - 200

A four week course investigates the work of great landscape painters.

constable, the making of a master, victoria and albert museum, john constable
Image from www.vam.ac.uk


BSL Talk: Constable: The Making of a Master
28th November, 6:30pm, Free

A talk on Constable with British Sign Language.

The Land, Sea and Sky (in Stitch)
29th November, 10:30am, 101 - 126

A two-day practical workshop in which you'll make textile interpretations of the British countryside.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 20th Sept - 11th Jan
Phone: 44 (0) 800 912 6961
Website: www.vam.ac.uk
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: 15.50 adult, 13.50 senior, 9 children/concesions
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