House, Rainbow, Mill - John Constable. 87.6 x 111.8 cm
Being the son of a wealthy miller, Constable often helped his father at work, and, no wonder, he was imbued with lifelong landscapes in one form or another depicting the mill.
The painter concluded all the semantic points of this work in the name - this is a mill, a house and a rainbow, but the sky made the center of the picture. An unpretentious plot on the canvas gets a different sound - the master argued that ugly things do not exist, and everything so that you are not surrounded can be skillfully “painted” using the game of chiaroscuro.
Using his “proprietary” technique - short strokes, the author creates a canvas with surprising dynamics. Through a thick wall of low cumulus clouds, sunlight is damp from the rain, as eloquently indicated by the rainbow on the right side of the picture. This light fills the whole landscape with radiance - a wide field, low trees, buildings.
However, the most amazing feature of the painter is not the ability to harmoniously tailor the composition, and not the technical features of the embodiment - these are all tools in the artist’s hands, but in an incredible way to convey the atmosphere. This is a wonderful sensation of weather, the smell of air, the mood that are characteristic of nature, which is about to get rid of the rain, leaving only a solemn rainbow in the sky.