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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.

from wikipedia

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.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • David Friederich
    David Friederichalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous! I read Ruskin in University, Anthea, while studying for my first degree. I remember everything you say in your text. It has been a long time.

  • Thanks so much David. Yes John Ruskin had some enthralling and interesting views on nature. I remember the most when I studied Fine Art at Sydney University in my first degree, his love of Nature and the nature feeling. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature so this truly resonated with me.

    – Anthea Slade

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 4 years ago

    oh miss you are a appreciate of your men i see,nice draw and paint too

  • Oh thank you so much Walt for your fine comment on Nature Man.

    – Anthea Slade

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 4 years ago

    Well done wahini…..but I just do not remember posimg for this….
    Well donr wahini… your own unique style….

  • LOL kj. Thank you so much for your delightful comment. Have a great weekend :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • banrai
    banraialmost 4 years ago

    enjoying this man series Anthea, fine painting

  • Banrai, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and fine support of my art.

    – Anthea Slade

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonalmost 4 years ago

    Interesting work Anthea! Nature is a wonderful place to be!


  • Yes indeed km nature is the place to be. Thank you for lovey words.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Ralmost 4 years ago

    Very nice Anthea. This reminds me of the Taino Indian’s of Puerto Rico. This piece evokes calmness.

  • Iris thank you so very much. I was trying to capture the spirit of the American Indian in a subtle way. I love your words dear friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • Yes indeed Liz, Nature and the Natural is the best. Your comments are always a pleasure to read. Thank you.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoalmost 4 years ago

    nothing like nature, dear Anhtea as usual that little flair always representaative of your lovely work…good history lesson too xxx

  • So true so true dear Rey, there is indeed nothing like nature :) Your words are always such a delight to read and I am so thrilled you like my Nature Man and that you liked the little history along the side here :) I hope you are having a beautiful weekend. xxx

    – Anthea Slade

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisalmost 4 years ago

    #fantabulous…in your fantabulous style…

  • Oh thank you so much dear Anna. So thrilled you like the style of Nature Man.

    – Anthea Slade

  • SandyDeLuca
    SandyDeLucaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, beautiful express.

  • Thank you so much Sandy for lovely comment on Nature Man.

    – Anthea Slade

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