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Works of art such as that of Constable become more than pictures; they are a part of one’s life and memories. One of his paintings, The Hay Wain (1821), is described by art historian H.W. Janson as, “Unlike so many fictitious eighteenth-century pastorals…, The Hay Wain speaks the authentic language of firsthand experience” (19-Century Art). Janson goes on to say, “Indeed, what we feel here belongs to that Romantic passion for nature as a metaphor for something true, pure, and simple…” In a letter to friend John Fisher, Constable wrote, “Still I should paint my own places best; painting is with me but another word for feeling, and I associate ‘my careless boyhood’ with all that lies on the banks of the Stour…” (Art in Theory 1815-1900).
Contributed by Jenna Julien