Arundel Mill and Castle (1837) by John Constable

Arundel Mill and Castle - John Constable - 1837

Artwork Information

TitleArundel Mill and Castle
ArtistJohn Constable
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions28 1/2 x 39 1/2 in (72.4 x 100.3 cm)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, US

About Arundel Mill and Castle

“Arundel Mill and Castle” is a notable work by John Constable, a preeminent artist of the Romanticism movement. This artwork, crafted with oil on canvas in the year 1837, is a quintessential example of the landscape genre, depicting a serene and pastoral scene enriched with historical architecture. The artwork measures 28 1/2 by 39 1/2 inches (72.4 x 100.3 cm) and can be found in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art, located in Toledo, Ohio, United States.

The artwork portrays a rustic setting, nestled in an idyllic countryside. In the foreground, there is a mill, its structure quaint and unassuming beside the water. The mill’s presence indicates the pastoral economy and rural life of the time, with visible waterwheel and adjoining buildings, possibly serving as housing for the mill workers or storage for the milled goods. Various trees in different stages of foliage extend across the canvas, with a prominent leafless tree centrally positioned, suggesting a season in transition. In the background looms the majestic Arundel Castle, its silhouette contributing a sense of historical gravitas and timelessness to the scene. The overcast sky, with its nuanced cloud formations, infuses the landscape with a dynamic and moody atmosphere typical of Romanticist expressions in art. The rendering of light and shadow, coupled with the meticulous depiction of nature and architecture, encapsulates the essence of man’s interaction with nature—a recurring theme in Constable’s oeuvre.

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