The Hay Wain, 1821 by John Constable


The Hay Wain, 1821


John Constable

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This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy`s Summer Exhibition in 1821, after Constable had been grudgingly elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy. `I shall never make a popular artist – a Gentlemen and Ladies painter` he wrote to his friend. It was well enough received by the public, but did not sell and Constable found himself in financial difficulties. However, the dynamic young French painters Gericault and Delacroix were amazed by the freshness of this painting and in 1824 it was exhibited at an Exhibition at the Louvre and Charles X presented Constable with a Gold Medal. Subsequently, the artist became a major influence on the development of landscape painting in France. The original painting is 52 x 73 inches in size.