And Ruskin, who illustrated his own art books, had a near theatrical love of geology and he painted the details, whether flowers, mountains, geo-strata of this earth, or a blade of grass with a simple passion and precision, affirming what was there for there’s more than meets the eye!

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer celebrates Ruskin’s great contribution to the art world mostly through his love of nature, and for signaling the emergence of Romantic art through a love of architecture, of nature, of his fellow artists. Comprising some 140 drawings, watercolours and daguerreotypes what stands out is the fluidity and precision of Ruskin’s worldview. Beautifully intricate close up views of nature like Rocks and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount, Perthshire (1847) or the more topographical Glacier des Bossons, Chamonix (1849) lead on to Vineyard Walk, Lucca (1874) and The Piazzetta and St. Mark’s, Venice (1835). John Ruskin’s great passion for art’s close vision of life and his clear understanding of the links between art with science make John Ruskin Artist and Observer, a little gem of a show worth re-visiting more than once.

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer
14 Feb – 11 May

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa externe) externe)

Rocks and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount – Perthshire, 1847

The Glacier des Bossons – Chamonix, 1849

The Piazzetta and St. Mark's – Venice, 1835

Vineyard Walk – Lucca, 1874