Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was begun to create by John Constable in 1829, which took him four years for completion. This painting is made to memorize his dead wife. This painting is leased to a private person and then exhibited in 34 exhibition hall in Britain National Gallery.

The painting depicts the Salisbury Cathedral from the northwest angle, with the Long Bridge on the right side across River Avon. The rainbow in the painting is placed in a prominent position. From this painting, we can obviously see that Constable paints the rainbow in the end and the most scenery is drawn by the palette knife, instead of the brush. In the foreground, the carriage that hardly drives in the puddles means the painter’s miserable life since his wife died.

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831

Above the puddles, the painting is divided into two parts: the left half of the tree lodges backward, showing his wife’s death, on the left of the tree, there is a cathedral, which symbolizes the lament of Constable for his wife, on the right, the cathedral shows the belief to be saved for his dead wife, the right half is the fine weather after the rain, a rainbow rising from the earth to the sky, which means his dead wife have been saved into heaven. With the most convincing realistic painting techniques, Constable renders the atmosphere and expresses his deep warm feelings while showing us the objective real scene, which is a unique strength of him as a romantic landscape painter.


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