John Constable: Dr Gary Day

"You don’t normally put John Constable in the same sentence as Lucien Freud but the latter was a great admirer of the painter of The Hay Wain. ‘In Constable’, Freud wrote, ‘there is no false feeling.’ He added, rather intriguingly, ‘I may be quite wrong, but I can't see Van Gogh's 'Boots' without Constable behind them.’ Often seen as Turner’s inferior, Constable has depth as well as charm. And if Freud is right, he may be just as important a precursor of modernist as his rival Turner. This course will offer an introduction to some of Constable’s famous and not so famous paintings, placing him firmly in his time but also showing that he is still relevant today. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort University. He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects including poetry, philosophy, the history of drama, and cultural history. He has edited a number of books on topics ranging from popular culture to D. H. Lawrence. "