Apollo Magazine

Book Competition

'John Constable: The Making of a Master' accompanies a major exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Apollo offers you the chance to win a superb free book.

Simply answer the question below and you could win one of the finest art history books and exhibition catalogues.

For our last competition prize we offered Rendez-vous with Art, by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford (Thames and Hudson, £19.95)

We asked: In which year did Philippe de Montebello assume the directorship of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Answer: 1977

Congratulations to Mary Yule, winner of this competition, drawn at random from the hundreds of correct answers we received.

This week’s competition prize is John Constable: The Making of a Master, By Mark Evans (V&A Publishing, £30)

John Constable’s paintings have long been celebrated for their remarkable naturalism, and viewed as precursors of Impressionism, Modernism and even photography. Published to accompany a major V&A exhibition, this book presents a new interpretation of Constable’s work, placing his justly vaunted naturalism in the context of his wider practice – in particular his talent for copying, and his extensive print collection. This book shows how the artist’s reverence for Ruisdael, Rubens and Claude was entirely compatible with his revolutionary handling of paint: where others competed with the Old Masters, Constable assimilated their ideas and values to imbue his own naturalistic vision with dynamism.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 26 September 2014.

In which year was John Constable elected to full membership of the Royal Academy?

This competition closes at midday on 26 September 2014

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