Happy Birthday, John Constable

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life; for let the form of an object be what it may, light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.”

John Constable (June 11, 1776 – March 31, 1837)

English Romantic Pinter known principally for his landscape paintings.

Happy Birthday John Constable

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

12 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, John Constable

  1. I feel very lucky to have stumbled back to blogging and to have discovered your delightful post on John Constable. He and Turner were amazingly good artists in my view. Thanks for putting him on display…and the info from the Tate site via petrel41 is outstanding. The whole thing is a breath of fresh air in our sometimes dismal world and I’m so pleased to be part of it.


    1. How wonderful to have you back! Thank you for stopping by for a visit and for your heartwarming comments. The true gift of the blogging is sharing knowledge within a community of kindred spirits. We are learning together!! 🙂


  2. I love John Constable. I do have an interest in finding an answer to my question: Is that true that British are not too talented in painting? There are very few famous English painters, whereas there are so many French, Spanish or Italian painters that are famous world-wide. I remember I asked someone this question. The answer was that the English were devoting a lot of their energy in developing their economic growth e.g. during or after the Industrial Revolution, that they became a bit behind in terms of painting. In other words, they may be talented but nobody discovered them! Do you agree, Rebecca?


    1. You ask a very interesting question. I do not have the level of expertise on the intricacies of artistic endeavours to be able to comment with any degree of certainty. I did a little research on Google Scholar to see if there were any statistics in regard to the percentage of artists within a population. Most of the information dealt with the present, however I think the observations applies to the past as well. It seems that many people contribute within the artistic labour market, and have an enormous amounts of talent and genius, but very few succeed in developing a full-time career in the arts. The economic reality of putting food on the table and a roof over the head, especially if the artist wants to have a family life, is a strong motivator. Artists generally have relatively high education levels that, when paired with creative ability, allows them to transition easily into other occupations. So in a way, we are indirectly benefiting from their artistic expression.

      Bottom line, it comes back to supply and demand and whether a nation, government or community supports the arts.


    1. Thank you so much for sharing your excellent link. I have always wondered why very few of John Constable’s paintings were sold in his lifetime. You continue to add new dimensions to my understanding!


      1. And here goes my rant for today. We are so eager to benchmark creative endeavors that we don’t recognize genius when it stares us in the face. Even worse, we wait for someone to tell us that something is “true art” before we accept it. We wait for “art” to be vetted. Oh, how foolish we are…

        “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
        ― Oscar Wilde, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde


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