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John Constable

The Leaping Horse

By (author) Richard Humphreys


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  • An engaging examination of one of the Royal Academy's most important treasures, the painting described by Lucian Freud as 'the greatest painting in the world'
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Each year between 1819 and 1825, John Constable submitted a monumental canvas to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for display in the annual Exhibition. These so-called ‘six-footers’ vividly captured the life of the River Stour in Suffolk, where Constable grew up and where he returned to paint each year. The Leaping Horse, the last of these, is now a major work in the Academy’s collection, and is the subject of this fascinating new book, the latest in the Royal Academy’s studies of its masterworks. The art historian Richard Humphreys explores Constable’s often avant-garde working methods, as well as his struggle to gain full acceptance within the art establishment of the early nineteenth century. With reproductions of the artist’s full-scale preliminary sketches as well as brand new photography of the painting itself, this book is the ideal companion for art lovers who seek a deeper appreciation of Constable’s iconic depictions of the English countryside.

About the Author

Richard Humphreys is the author of Wyndham Lewis (2004), and editor of Tate's British Artists series. He was formerly Curator of Programme Research at Tate Britain, London.

Royal Academy of Arts
16th Mar 2018
Paperback / softback
230 mm x 170 mm
96 Pages
50 color
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