Wivenhoe Park, Essex (1816) by John Constable

Wivenhoe Park, Essex - John Constable - 1816

Artwork Information

TitleWivenhoe Park, Essex
ArtistJohn Constable
Date1816
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions22 1/8 x 39 7/8 in (56.1 x 101.2 cm)
Current LocationNational Gallery Of Art, Washington

About Wivenhoe Park, Essex

Wivenhoe Park, Essex is a painting created by John Constable in 1816. The piece depicts a stunning summer day on vast parklands with livestock grazing and fishermen in the lake. Clearly invested in the physical experience of nature, Constable had a profound connection to the landscapes of his native Suffolk. This painting is one of the iconic works from his collection that showcases this incredible passion for nature.

The precision of Constable’s brushwork lends importance to even the smaller details in the painting, adding depth and interest to an already breathtaking piece. Created during what is known as the Romanticism style period, “Wivenhoe Park, Essex” was one of his first works that managed to sell for a significant amount of money – testament to its quality and beauty.

Measuring 56.1 x 101.2 cm and painted entirely in oil on canvas, this artwork often leaves viewers mesmerized by its sheer beauty and tranquility. Currently residing as part of the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., it remains an important part of art history for both experts and enthusiasts alike.”

Notably, Major General Francis Slater-Rebow was responsible for commissioning this masterpiece – further proof that it remains one of Constable’s most renowned pieces ever produced.

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