Turner and Constable: Stark Contrasts

Turner and Constable: Stark Contrasts


January 6, 2019

3:00 PM-4:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay highlights differences in the lives and works of J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, preeminent landscape painters of the nineteenth century. While both hailed from England and were associated with London’s Royal Academy—training in its schools and exhibiting in annual summer exhibitions—the two artists diverged in their choices of subjects, the way they handled paint, and their domestic priorities. Meslay discusses works on view in Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape to underscore how these sometime rivals raised the status of landscape painting in distinctive ways.  

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851), Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water (detail), 1840. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, 1955.37