John Constable’s oil painting, Flatford Lock And Mill, created in 1812 immortalizes the picturesque C18th Suffolk watermill, which was a part of the Constable family’s property and is now part of the National Trust. Utilizing his impasto technique, Constable used a thickly loaded brush or palette knife to bring the image to life. The painting reveals the mill, which was owned by Constable’s father and is emphasized by the importance of the River Stour as a transportation route.
The painting shows the Flatford Mill on the River Stour along with Flatford Lock, which was built in 1708 and replaced in 1776. Flatford Lock’s position remained unchanged in all of Constable’s paintings. The image represents the arduousness of country life and the hard work of the mill, which was experienced firsthand by Constable. This masterpiece, Flatford Lock And Mill from a Lock on the Stour, is one of the first large “six-foot” paintings and the first in the Stour series created by Constable.
Constable contributed to revolutionizing the landscape painting genre with his brilliant artwork of the area surrounding his home, Dedham Vale. He had a deep emotional connection with the locale which he skillfully depicted in his paintings. His artwork’s enduring legacy and popularity reflect the influence it had on art all over the world. The painting, Flatford Lock And Mill, will continue to be a valuable piece of art for history aficionados and art enthusiasts alike.