John Constable (British, 1776 - 1837) Attributed: Blackberry Paysage. Oil on paper mounted to board, signed by another hand lower right, writing by previous owner verso, framed.
John Constable was the first English painter to paint directly from nature in the open air, and the first to paint foliage really green. He was a painter whose brush seems to have responded with a perception of its own in accord with the artist's mood. There is an evident difference between the early years of search and fulfillment, when he painted in a happy mood, and the later years of his life when the same motifs were reinterpreted in slashing brushwork in his years of despondency following the death of his wife, Maria. He suffered from much insecurity during the years of struggle for recognition. He became both rich and famous, without serious money problems, but he became more withdrawn, pessimistic and racked with doubts as to his achievements, while producing some of his finest work.
15.75 x 24.25 inches framed; 5.5 x 14.25 inches painting.
U.K. Gamekeeper's estate; North Carolina, USA, Estate.
Overall very good condition; the painting shows several very small areas of retouching around the edges; there is a light layer of surface grime throughout; frame rub around the edges; the surface of the canvas is uneven due to partial warping of a support layer; scattered areas of light craquelure; paint loss lower left quadrent.
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