John Constable’s masterpiece, “The Cornfield”, is an oil painting completed in 1826 that depicts a serene image of a rustic country road and a young shepherd boy drinking from a pool. The landscape is situated on Fen Lane, which the artist knew well, and he uses his signature art style to emphasize natural landscapes and agricultural work. It is exhibited in London’s National Gallery for art enthusiasts to appreciate.
“The Cornfield” stands out as one of Constable’s most valuable pieces. The painting portrays a tranquil rural scene with symbolic traces of human life that are typical among his works. The young shepherd boy represents the essence of rural life while animals grazing in the background further adds to the feeling of peace and harmony.
Constable’s choice of location for this work was not arbitrary; it has deep roots around his region at Flatford Mill. Being part of nature itself helped him depict every detail carefully using pigments such as blue ultramarine mixed with linseed oil to facilitate blending on canvas.