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John Constable and the Theory of Landscape Painting

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  • Date Published: October 2004
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2010
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827386

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  • Ray Lambert's exhaustive study of John Constable's landscapes and relevant writings reveal Constable's high level of engagement with ideas on art and aesthetics and the decisive consequences for his style of painting. Constable's texts clearly predict his views. They also give an indication of the artist's knowledge of scientific, poetic, and aesthetic ideas that were relevant to the creation of a serious landscape art as well as a theory of landscape.

    • Explores John Constable's contribution to aesthetics
    • Places John Constable's theory and work in context to other artists
    • Discusses Constable's portrayal of the British countryside
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    "Ray Lambert's new book provides a fresh approach to the familiar territory of landscape studies and a rich investigation of the aesthetic and artistic practices of the English landscape painter John Constable." - Juilee Decker, Georgetown College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827386
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 197 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.877kg
    • contains: 55 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2010
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: 'to unite nature with imagination'
    1. Approaches to Constable
    2. Constable's theory and British aesthetics
    3. 'Painting is a science'
    4. 'Making something out of nothing': the poetry of the art
    5. 'The chiaroscuro of nature'
    6. 'The stamp of composition'
    7. Constable and the landscape traditions
    8. 'I am always picturesque'
    9. 'Every description of pastoral beauty'
    10. Grand theory and general landscape.

  • Author

    Ray Lambert
    Raymond Lambert is an Economic Adviser for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and an independent scholar of nineteenth-century British art.

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