A revolutionary English painter.

A revolutionary English painter.

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Oct. 2 2006 7:41 AM

Constable's Crucible

Did the British painter invent Impressionism?

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Click here to read a slide-show essay about John Constable, the English landscape painter who transformed European art.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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