John Constable Quotes

There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

John Constable

We see nothing truly till we understand it.

John Constable

When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture.

John Constable

A self-taught painter is one taught by a very ignorant person.

John Constable

It is always my endeavour however in making a picture that it should be without a companion in the world. At least such should be a painters ambition.

John Constable

Speaking to a lawyer about pictures is something like talking to a butcher about humanity.

John Constable

Painting is a science and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not a landscape be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but experiments?

John Constable

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