Leon KossoffFrom Constable: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (plate 3) 1996-7

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Leon Kossoff (born 1926)
From Constable: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (plate 3)
Date 1996-7
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensions427 x 548 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Not on display


This print

is one of many works executed by the London-based artist Leon Kossoff in response to Old Master paintings

from the National Gallery. In this case, Kossoff’s inspiration is Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831, by John Constable (1776–1837). P20312 is a unique proof impression that combines etching and softground etching, and is printed in black ink on white wove paper. It is one of thirty-four unique prints (P20296P20329) given to Tate by the artist in 2007.

In this landscape painting, Salisbury Cathedral is seen from the north west, in the distance across a wide bend the River Avon through which a horse-drawn cart is moving. The composition is balanced by an imposing tree on the riverbank to the left. Constable is concerned with capturing the transitional effects of the weather as a storm breaks over the Cathedral. A rainbow arches above the scene… (read more)

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