By Anthony Bailey

ISBN-10: 1448137713

ISBN-13: 9781448137718

First released in nice Britain in 2006 via Chatto & Windus

Born in 1776 in East Anglia close to the river Stour, John Constable was once destined for his father's enterprise of milling and grain-shipping. yet he was once obdurately against this and persuaded his kinfolk he may still develop into an artist in its place. within the similar decided spirit, he wooed Maria Bicknell within the enamel of competition from her bold grandfather, and continued in portray landscapes at a time whilst background work and snap shots have been the style.

Sometimes sharp and sarcastic, and infrequently depressed, Constable in reality possessed a hot present for intimate friendship. this is often printed in his letters to John Dunthorne, village handyman and housepainter, and to his ally and consumer, archdeacon John Fisher, to whom he wrote: 'I have a country of my very own, either fertile and populous - my panorama and my children'.

In contemporary occasions, after a interval of relative ignominy, Constable's effect on British panorama portray has been re-acknowledged, he has been extra largely exhibited and his popularity has been reestablished as one of many masters of his style. this significant and soaking up biography explores his existence and paintings, and highlights the dramatic pressure among the 2.

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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.

Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....

It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.

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