The Haywain by John Constable is a British landscape oil painting which remains his best known and finest work. ConstableHaywain.com is devoted to this famous painting and offers information on it as well as coverage of the artist's career in general as well.
There is also mention of Constable's other notable paintings plus links to where you can buy your own Haywain prints to hang on your home or office wall.
John Constable and JMW Turner are the two finest artists of their era and were also fundamental to promoting landscape painting as well as British art in general which previously has been overshadowed by painters from Northern European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, plus of course Italy who inspired the Renaissance.
For those interested in JMW Turner and his Romanticist paintings and watercolours, you can find Turner prints here.
The Haywain itself was created by John Constable in 1821 at the height of his skills and experience. It is a crying shaming that he was to pass away at only 60, just 16 years after he produced The Haywain when surely any further years would likely have included many more classic British landscape paintings.
Within the career that he did have, though, there is a great list of extraordinary paintings and preparatory sketches still remaining that make his career considerable in depth and quality alike.
John Constable was sadly another example of an artist whose paintings were only truly valuable after his death and as such he could never be considered a rich man, despite the skills that he possessed as well as the popularity of his paintings even today.
It is very typical for artists that challenge artistic norms of their era to fail to achieve financial reward for their work and only future generations to understand and accept their work in the way it deserves.
John Constable finally received official academic acceptance in joining the Royal Academy at the age of 52 after many years of hard toil as a skilled artist involved in a art style that was still struggling for acceptance.
It seems incredible in the modern era that landscape painting ever struggled for acceptance but this was very much the case for artist John Constable who was up against the more accepted artist topics of religious scenes and commission-based portraits of rich noblemen and families.
Haywain will always remain the best art work from Constable's career and the best place to start for those looking to study and understand his techniques and achievements. Other titles such as Dedham Vale are equally skilled but have never managed to obtain the same level of exposure.