The Cornfield (1826) by John Constable

The Cornfield - John Constable - 1826

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TitleThe Cornfield
ArtistJohn Constable
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions143 x 122 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London

About The Cornfield

“The Cornfield” is an artwork by John Constable, dating back to 1826. It is an oil on canvas piece that belongs to the Romanticism movement. The artwork measures 143 cm by 122 cm and is within the landscape genre. The painting is currently housed at the National Gallery in London.

This artwork embodies the quintessence of Romantic landscape painting, wherein nature is not merely depicted but also imbued with emotive qualities. Constable has masterfully captured the English countryside with a meticulous attention to color and light. The foreground features a rustic scene with a variety of textures represented by flora and fauna. A meandering path draws the viewer’s eye through the composition, from the sheep and the cattle drinking from a stream in the shaded foreground, to the sunlit fields that spread out towards the horizon.

Dynamic cloud formations command the extensive sky, exuding a sense of the sublime, a key characteristic of the Romantic aesthetic. The presence of people, along with domestic animals, integrates human activity gently within the natural setting. The artwork is a splendid example of Constable’s dedication to capturing the essence of rural life, as well as his affection for the Suffolk landscape, where he grew up. The scene is bucolic and serene, evoking a sense of peace and nostalgia for times past, while simultaneously showcasing Constable’s prowess with naturalistic depiction and his sensitivity to the atmospheric conditions of the English countryside.

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