John Ruskin

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an art patron, watercolour artist, prominent social thinker and philanthropist as well as the leading English art critic of the Victorian era and a member of the Arts and Craft Movement.  He was also known for his detailed sketches and paintings of nature, architectural structures and ornamentations. From the final half of the 19th century up to the First World War, John Ruskin was highly influential. After a period of relative decline, his reputation has steadily improved since the 1960s with the publication of numerous academic studies of his work. Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.

Most of his paintings are realistic and done with watercolour, like these above. He used quite bright, but neutral colours to create a realistic atmosphere coming from a dream. John Ruskin has finished these pieces really precisely and well blended in the right positions. All lines seem to be planned and intentional and show a texture done with irregular and blended lines as well as the use of darker shades and little highlights creating an obvious drawing. When you look at his pieces, you definitely know what he meant to do.  I feel like his pieces overall are representing a reflective, philosophical but calming atmosphere. It shows quite places, or even quietness itself, what would keep you thinking and staring. Looking at the pieces, my attention is drawn to the diverse colours and techniques he has been using within his work. It creates a visual movement due its many little details and its perfection.


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