When in 1821 Turner was completing his painting Venice from Susina” Constable was applying the finishing touches to the Haywain. It is remarkable to think today that the Haywain painting was hailed as a revolution in painting by the French Art Academy. Constable had been invited to the Salon through Théodore Géricault who had seen the work of Constable in London. The Haywain became the most highly regarded work-of-art in Paris. When the painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon on public view, Eugène Delacroix was so in awe of it he began repainting several canvasses, the influence was that strong.
Whilst in England, Constable was always struggling to gain the recognition he so desperately wanted and needed for the ‘society’ position that would give the ‘fame and fortune’ he craved. Constable was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. He never recovered from the loss of his wife and struggled with the responsibility of bringing up their seven children. Financial success eluded him. Turner on the other hand did very well. In his will he left the today’s equivalent of eight million pounds to friends and charities. And his life’s work, known as the Turner bequest, was given to the National Gallery providing one of his works was hung next to Poussin who was Turners hero. ©Denis Taylor. Artist and Editor -Tubes magazines.