British Art Center to premiere works by renowned art conservator

Photos: Exhibition: 'Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard'

John Constable, "A Cloud Study, Sunset," ca. 1821. (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection)
Mark Leonard, "Constable Study I," 2011. (Collection of Mark Leonard)
John Constable, "Cloud Study," 1822. (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection)
Mark Leonard, "Constable Study VIII," 2012. (Collection of Mark Leonard)
John Constable, "Extensive Landscape with Grey Clouds," ca. 1821. (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection)
Mark Leonard, "Constable Study II," 2011. (Collection of Mark Leonard)
John Constable, "Cloud Study," 1821. (Yale Center for British Art)
Mark Leonard, "Constable Study IX," 2012. (Collection of Mark Leonard
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Works by renowned conservator Mark Leonard —created to accompany John Constable’s cloud studies and small landscapes — will be on view at the Yale Center for British Art.

“Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard” will feature 11 works by Leonard, a noted conservator with a long history of treating paintings, including works by Constable. The exhibition will be on display Nov. 30-March 10 at the center, located at 1080 Chapel St.

Leonard, who is more accustomed to caring for and restoring paintings by other artists, instead created his own works of art. He “searched for underlying geometries, or the ‘natural framework,’ in Constable’s seemingly unstructured paintings of sky and landscape,” according to the organizers.

Leonard’s paintings will be displayed in a one-to-one relationship with Constable’s works in the permanent collection galleries on the center’s fourth floor. The installation will allow visitors to study the Constables in a new light, “and also to appreciate Leonard’s rigorously structured and highly detailed paintings,” note the organizers.

“Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard” has been overseen by Cassandra Albinson, curator of paintings and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. For museum hours and directions, visit the Yale Center for British Art or call 203-432-2800.