Mary McMahon was Research Assistant for the 2014 exhibition ‘Constable: The Making of a Master’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum and its upcoming exhibition ‘Botticelli Reimagined’. The V&A has become a leading centre for the study of Constable’s work following the 1888 bequest by the artist’s daughter, Isabel, of the contents of his studio, which has over time been complemented by other key works. In her talk Mary will look at the influence of the masters of the past, immediate predecessors and contemporaries upon the work and practice of John Constable. With reference to the themes of the recent exhibition, she will consider how the artist sought to reconcile the inspiration of the Old Masters with his revolutionary practice of painting in the open air.
Tues 3 May 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
(talk starts at 7.00pm and will run for approximately 45 minutes)
£8 (incl. one free drink of wine or juice)
Image: John Constable, Hampstead Heath Branch Hill Pond, 1828. Given by John Sheepshanks, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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