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Constable: A Country Rebel

Alastair Sooke discovers how John Constable, whose work often depicts such a familiar image of rural Britain, was painting in a way that was considered groundbreaking at the time.

The Haywain by John Constable is such a comfortingly familiar image of rural Britain that it is difficult to believe it was ever regarded as a revolutionary painting, but in this film, made in conjunction with a landmark exhibition at the V&A, Alastair Sooke discovers that Constable was painting in a way that was completely new and groundbreaking at the time.

Through experimentation and innovation he managed to make a sublime art from humble things and, though he struggled in his own country during his lifetime, his genius was surprisingly widely admired in France.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 4 Dec 2018 01:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Producer Spike Geilinger
Director Spike Geilinger
Executive Producer Harry Bell


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