When you consider that Constable has an unfortunate link with chocolate box pictures and tricky jigsaws , it’s pretty extraordinary to see a landscape like this. A Post-impressionist masterpiece, 100 years before Post-impressionism. He did at least three other paintings of the same subject, which are all very pleasing to the eye, but also relatively conventional, though you can trace the development in style when you compare this:
Except, surprisingly, the first of the two is the latest (1836). The second is 1830. Constable’s primitive and dramatic style, which looks very modern, predates the more conventional pictures, although you can trace the transition in style quite nicely. And then there’s the fourth version, also 1811, and similarly primitive, but with flicker of more sophistication:
They’re all good, but the top one, the earliest, is in my opinion, the masterpiece.