Portrait of Mrs Andrew de Constable

Portrait of Mrs Andrew de Constable
Portrait of Mrs Andrew de Constable

The EnglishmanJohn Constableabove all he is known for his facet as a landscape painter with works as wonderful as Flatford Mill or Brighton Beach. But throughout his career he also worked in other genres such as portraiture. And a good example is this work that represents Mrs. Andrew in an oil painting that is currently kept in the Tate Gallery in London.


Portrait of Lady Andrew of Constable

Without a doubt, what the painter was really passionate about was capturing his own landscapes, especially the ones he loved the most, made in thecounty of Suffolkwhere he was born, like the which he presents to us in The Lock. But the truth is that in his time it was much more profitable to devote himself to portraiture. And that's why he made several commissions like the one we present here, painted in 1818.

In reality, this work was twofold, as her commission was to paint her, but also her husband Dr. James of Adiscombe College

Both are two of the best works of the genre made by Constable, who never got really comfortable doing this type of work. However, in this one he knew how to pour all his mastery with the brushes to create an important work.

We see a work with classical airs, above all because of the pyramidal composition in which the woman is presented to us, as if she were an effigy. A portrait that transmits all the dignity and lordship of thelady, which is manifested in their gestures. For example, looking away and tilting her head slightly.

But also pictorially, Constable applies all of his mastery of color. He knows how to play with white tones, with infinite shades and transparencies, both in the pompous dress and in the cap that covers the head. And with that range of whites and the neutral background, he manages to powerfully highlight the features of the face and also of the hands, with the fists almost closed, showing his rich rings.

As we say this is one of the best portraits that John Constable did, and he certainly could have continued in this field reaching high artistic heights and above all earning more money for his survival. Because the truth is that today we have this artist ofEnglish Romanticismas a great painter, but throughout his existence in a very few moments he managed to earn a decent living. He only achieved that when he made a portrait like this, or when he made copies of religious paintings. But he didn't usually accept this kind of commissions, he preferred to be supported by his father and to dedicate himself to his passion: painting landscapes

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