The Hay wain - John Constable - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W
The Hay wain - John Constable - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W
John Constable, RA was an English Romantic painter. He is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he invested with an intensity of affection.
His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park, Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful. He did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.
The Hay Wain depicts a rural scene on the River Stour between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex. The work shows as its central feature three horses pulling a hay wain across the river. Willy Lott's Cottage, is visible on the far left. The scene takes place near Flatford Mill in Suffolk, though since the Stour forms the border of two counties, the left bank is in Suffolk and the landscape on the right bank is in Essex.It was considerably better received in France where it was praised by Théodore Géricault. The painting caused a sensation when it was exhibited at the 1824 Paris Salon. The Hay Wain was singled out for a gold medal awarded by Charles X of France, a cast of which is incorporated into the picture's frame. It inspired a new generation of French painters, including Eugène Delacroix.