A few months ago Abra and I had the opportunity to see a collection of John Constable’s large canvas landscape paintings at the national art gallery. I don’t know if the exibit is still there, but if it is and you have the opportunity to check it out, I recommend you do so. This is the first time this collection of Constable’s work has been shown outside the UK. I’m not a big fan of landscapes as a general rule, but these six foot canvases are undeniably impressive.
The collection was organized chronollogically, and I noticed something odd: Constable’s early paintings are, generally speaking, weighted right compositionally:
Sometime in the early 1820’s, he switched to generally weighting them to the left:
I wonder if this is significant, or if Constable just got bored with the Right.