How can it be bad - grab it while still available! It may seem surprising that Freud should show the slightest interest in Constable as a painter. I recall Peter Gorge, translator of many art monographs. While lecturing at Gloucestershire College of Art he used to ask students at the end of term to list their six favourite and six most disliked painters. Constable invariably ranked as a detestation. Presumably because he seems too bourgeois 'realist' Though wasn't it Constable who helped to create the vision of landscape and its distances we now sometimes imagine he merely copied and recorded? Freud writes "In Constable there is no false feeling. For me Constable is so much more moving than Turner because you feel, for him, it's truth-telling about the land rather than using the land for compositions which suited his inventiveness." Maybe the ghost of Stanley Spencer is in there somewhere. And again "I may be quite wrong, but I can't see Van Gogh's 'Boots' without Constable behind them. I don't mean it's an immediate link but, to me, that kind of interest, observation and indulgence are things that exist in Constable." Only 62 pages, mostly taken with (useful) reproductions, including a Freud etching 'Elm Tree after Constable'. Well produced with strong square-back cloth spine and stout pictorial boards - the Freud Elm. Good value. It was first published in French.