Friday, July 4, 2014
John Constable Hampstead Heath painted in 1820
Looking around today (as Friday is Art History day) at some work by Jasper Johns (well, you know...in honor of today being the 4th of July) I came across a wonderful website called Artspace. The article there by Noelle Bodick called How to Understand Jasper Johns's Haunting "Regrets" at MoMA a show that opened last March.
"Where did the photo of John Constable come from if I started with Johns?"
You may wonder. ..
The "Regrets" exhibit is of Johns' works based on a photograph he became fascinated with. It is a photo of another artist named Lucian Freud.
Who is Lucian Freud? A grandchild of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was a British artist who was quite famous for his portrait paintings. For many years he was very good friends with Francis Bacon who is considered to have been one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century. This photo was found in Bacon's studio.
Another article by in The Spectator mentions that Freud and Bacon were "the Turner and Constable of their age." And that's when I looked up Constable's art and found a photo of the painting above. Nice Clouds!
There you go. Our art history lesson for today.
Thanks for going along with me.
And Happy 4th of July!