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Constable and British Landscape Art

Weekend-long art history and theory course

Short course

  • 5 February 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 6 February 2022, 10am — 5pm
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Part of our

Late Constable

events programme
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John Constable RA, The Leaping Horse, 1825.

Oil on canvas. 142 cm x 187.3 cm. Royal Academy of Arts, London. Given by Mrs Dawkins 1889. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

As the Royal Academy stages an exhibition of Constable’s late works, join us for a weekend course contextualising one of Britain’s most-loved artists within the tradition of British landscape art.

From Thomas Gainsborough RA to David Hockney RA, the British landscape has long provided painters with the inspiration that has brought them to acclaim. This course will explore the life and works of one of Britain’s best-known landscape painters, John Constable RA, using the exhibition Late Constable as a springboard.

The course will situate Constable as an unlikely – or underestimated – tastemaker, before exploring the wider artistic, literary and Romantic context; including his relationships with key figures such as J.M.W. Turner RA and William Wordsworth. The second day will use a wider lens to present interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on landscape and garden history, meteorology (in looking at Constable’s dynamic plein air oil sketches) and recent discoveries relating to his Brighton period.

Students will be taught by a series of art historians, curators and experts on the art of John Constable, and will be encouraged to engage in debate and discussion - though no prior knowledge is necessary. The course will include visits to the Late Constable exhibition and the RA Collection archives.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 5 February 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 6 February 2022, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts