Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Friday, November 7, 2008

Before Tube Paint

On a recent visit to the The Clark Art Institute in
Williamstown MA, the paintbox of English artist
John Constable (1776 – 1837) was on display.
Before collapsable metal tubes artists carried their
paints in tied bladders. I had read about this but never
seen a real artist paintbox in a museum, so I was intrigued.
This hinged tin box housed eleven bladders of pigment.
With our current artist discussions of using a limited
palette I wonder what his colors were.
Today John would have had to place this paintbox in his
checked luggage as I doubt it would make it through
airline security!

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