John Constable is an English painter born in 1776 and dead in 1837. He was first destined to take holy orders but ultimately turned to Arts, moving to London where he studied at the prestigious Royal Academy. His works mostly depict landscapes and soon he became one of the greatest in painting skies. Some finds early signs of impressionism in his art.
In 1824, several artworks by John Constable are presented at the Salon de Paris. They will have a major influence on artists such as Millet.
Lately, many journalists have been commenting about a particular painting by Constable. Its price is said to have been multiplied by 1,000 within a few months !
Artprice reports on the actual change of price of « Salisbury Cathedral From the Meadows » (Oil on canvas. 45.7 cm x 61.0 cm)
The artwork had been acquired by a blessed expert at Christie’s London on July 10, 2013, for £3,500 ($5,212), including transaction costs. It was then knocked down at €3,965,850 ($4,500,000) on January 29, 2015 by Sotheby’s New York, i.e. 4 587 166 € (5 205 000 $) including buyer’s premium.
The sale price is therefor 998.6 times greater than the buying price.