Nature Man by Anthea Slade
Nature Man was created on the 29 January 2011 from Acrylic and Mixed Media. Nature Man is my 6th art work in my series ’Man From Different Perspectives.
John Ruskin and Nature
John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English art critic and social thinker, also remembered as a poet and artist. His essays on art and architecture were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Ruskin first came to widespread attention for his support for the work of J. M. W. Turner and his defence of naturalism in art. He subsequently put his weight behind the Pre-Raphaelite movement. His later writings turned increasingly to complex and personal explorations of the interconnection of cultural, social and moral issues, and were influential on the development of Christian socialism.
Ruskin based his early work in defense of Turner on a belief that art communicated an understanding of nature, and that authentic artists should reject inherited conventions, and study and appreciate effects of form and colour by direct observation. His most famous dictum was “go to nature in all singleness of heart, rejecting nothing and selecting nothing.” He later believed that the Pre-Raphaelites formed “a new and noble school” of art that would provide a basis for a thoroughgoing reform of the art world. For Ruskin, art should communicate truth above all things. However, he believed this was not revealed by mere display of skill, but the expression of the artist’s whole moral outlook.
Ruskin’s special gift was the feeling for beauty, in nature as in art. It was in Beauty that his nature led him to seek reality, and his entirely religious life received from it an entirely aesthetic use. But this Beauty to which he thus happened to dedicate his life was not conceived by him as an object of enjoyment made to charm, but as a reality infinitely more important than life, for which he would have given his own life. From this, as you will see, the whole aesthetic system of Ruskin follows.
Some Famous Quotes by John Ruskin
My entire delight was in observing without being myself noticed,— if I could have been invisible, all the better. … this was the essential love of Nature in me, this the root of all that I have usefully become, and the light of all that I have rightly learned
In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner
That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings…
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
When we are interested in the beauty of a thing, the oftener we can see it the better…
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, — all in one.
Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.