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Constable: The Rural Rebel

Episode 4 of 4

Was Constable a chocolate box painter or a revolutionary? Art historian Rose Balston explores six decades of BBC archive to discover how TV has influenced our understanding of him.

Often dismissed as a chocolate box painter in his day, Constable is now acknowledged to have been a revolutionary. Art historian Rose Balston explores six decades of BBC archive to discover how TV has influenced our understanding of him.

Constable pushed the boundaries of landscape painting to such an extent that he was rejected by the establishment. Perhaps just as surprisingly, he poured his love for one woman onto the canvas as no painter of landscapes had done before. This programme goes beyond cliché to discover what the BBC archive has to say about a much misunderstood English master.

58 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Feb 2020 03:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Tom Verlaine

    Depot (1957)

  • 00:14

    City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    I Vitelloni

  • 00:15

    Harold Budd and Brian Eno

    First Light

  • 00:24

    Michael Nyman

    Time Lapse

    Orchestra: The Zoo Orchestra.
  • 00:26

    Dinah Washington

    Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

  • 00:28

    Sarah Whatmore

    When I Lost You

  • 00:54

    Harry Rabinowitz, Gabriel Yared

    Anthem

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Rose Balston
Interviewed Guest Sarah Cove
Interviewed Guest Anne Lyles
Interviewed Guest Michael Rosenthal
Production Manager Judy Wilson
Executive Producer Emma Parkins
Executive Producer Ed Stobart
Director Kieron Townend

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