John Constable, The White Horse, 1819
- This is an example of picturesque landscape – where nature is a force that is lovely and compatible with man, maybe even controllable by man. This painting is introduced during the industrial revolution, late in the enlightenment of the 18th century, where the general consensus is that technology makes our lives better.
- By the 19th century, London and urban areas were very smoggy and factories were an eyesore, therefore focus was turned by reactionaries (like Constable) to the English countryside and a nostalgic view of the past/nature.
- This is meticulously observed; these paintings were very large (six by eight feet), and you can see every leaf, blade of grass, and close attention is paid to the reflection in the water o However this is not necessarily a faithful landscape; Constable purposefully edits out any effects of industrialization and shows Man enjoying the bounty of nature (the man fishing)