La vérité dans l'atmosphère: lire les ciels de Constable

Translated title of the contribution: Truth in Atmosphere: Reading Constable's Skies

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In pursuing his cloud studies, John COnstable saw himself acting as a systematic scholar of nature. His repeated dealing with atmospheric phenomena conditioned him view them as idealized visual objects, rather than subject of documentary realism. His expectations rather than observations informed his atmospheric art, making his skies represent emotional indexes of purity and grandeur, tools of spatial imaginaries, sources of solemn light and mood, vehicles of aesthetic spark, incarnations of Englishness.
Translated title of the contributionTruth in Atmosphere: Reading Constable's Skies
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages8
JournalRevue de l'Art
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2020


  • Art history
  • John Constable
  • English History
  • History of Science
  • Atmosphere
  • Painting


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