John Constable's greatest masterpiece

John Constable's greatest masterpiece
#Exhibitions

The Hay Wain is a famous painting created by John Constable in 1821 which depicts a rural scene on the River Stour between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex. Considered "Constable's most famous image" and one of the most popular English paintings of all time, this painting better than any other work testifies to the aspirations and sensitivity of the English artist in a historical period of great transformation for British society. This exhibition at the National Gallery is an opportunity to discover this masterpiece and to explore the changes that the English landscape was experiencing in that period, both from a naturalistic and political point of view. A moment of transition where, as a consequence of the country's historical upheavals, industrialization was spreading rapidly, creating the conditions for that nostalgic feeling of "return to nature" which was long pursued by a large group of artists who took up Constable's legacy in the years that followed.

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