John Constable:
Wivenhoe Park (Detail from the Right Side)


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    • Oil on canvas
    • 1816
    • National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

This is the right side of the large painting of Wivenhoe Park. Note the two men in the boat on the pond, and the distinctive red which draws our eyes to the spot. They are not, as you might at first suppose, fishermen, but gardeners, here clearing up the pond which is as artificial as a swimming pool.

But the real beauty of this scene are the clump of trees, the birds flying out of them, and the spectacular clouds above everything. No other painter has so succeeded in capturing the sheer magnificence of arrranged nature, without making it seem merely picturesque.

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