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Cloud Study

Photo credit: The Courtauld

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Constable undertook several campaigns of painting clouds from Hampstead Heath over the summers and autumns of 1820–1823, usually noting the date, time and weather conditions. This study, painted on a windy day, presented particular challenges: although he worked quickly, in thin, fluid paint, the artist was unable to finish the middle bank of cloud, which remains blue. Although Constable’s interest in clouds was surely fuelled by contemporary meteorological studies, it was not purely scientific; he regarded the sky as ‘the chief “Organ of Sentiment”’ in landscape.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London


Date

1822

Medium

oil on paper

Measurements

H 30.5 x W 49 cm

Accession number

P.1952.RW.69

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Sir Robert Clermont Witt, 1952

Work type

Painting


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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

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