John Ruskin : Artist and Observer
'In the catalog to a stunning exhibition now in Ottawa and headed for Edinburgh John Ruskin: Artist and Observer [the author] Shields places him among the greatest of English painters and draftsmen, and wonders at the relative neglect of his achievement. Going through the 140 artworks collected here ... one is tempted to agree with him.' - The New York Review of Books
Drawing was used by Ruskin to express the ecstasy he felt in the presence of transcendent beauty in nature and landscape, as well as in the works of man, and was an essential means of emotional release. On other occasions, and especially during phases of mental fragility, he drew to establish certainties about the physical world upon which he might rely. We know that Ruskin's drawings must be seen as clues to his emotional state, and may be interpreted in physiological terms.
Accompanying a landmark exhibition at the National Galleries of Canada and Scotland in 2104, this beautiful book explores Ruskin's watercolours and drawings from throughout his entire career. Through 130 works, the book demonstrates how Ruskin regarded drawing as a means of focusing his eye and as a discipline of observation, and how he attached small significance to the drawing itself when completed.
The book considers Ruskin's paramount admiration for J.M.W. Turner, and the story of his advocacy of Turner as the greatest genius of British art, as well as Ruskin's involvement with the contemporary conduct of art in the 1850s, and particularly his support for the Pre-Raphaelites.
- Author: Christopher Baker
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Date published: February 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1907372575
- Product Dimensions: 26.0 x 21.0 cm