European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Road to the Spaniards, Hampstead
John Constable, English, 1776 - 1837
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Cat. 858John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelAmong the aspects of Jacob van Ruisdael's work that interested Constable was the Dutch painter's frequent use of a low horizon line. In 1819, Constable measured the proportion of land to sky in several Dutch landscapes in a London exhibition. In this view of Hampstead Heath, the main subject is the sky and its looming storm clouds. Unlike Ruisdael's sweeping, panoramic compositions, Constable here has chosen to emphasize the rising, moundlike shape of the land.
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