Landscape Painting in Europe: Photographic Realism


The primary direction, however, was nearly photographic realism, as this painting by John Constable suggests.

Constable became famous among American artists for a remark that was endlessly quoted: "No, madam, there is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life." This position, called "positive aesthetics" today, was an inspiration to American painters.

John Constable, Wivenhoe Park, Essex, 1816, National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.