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Exhibit Opening: "'We Never See Anything Clearly': John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s" Oct. 30

  • 10/30/2012 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Location: Museum of Art, Becker Gallery
  • Event Type: Exhibit

Exhibit Opening: "'We Never See Anything Clearly': John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s" Oct. 30First day for the exhibition: "We Never See Anything Clearly": John Ruskin and Landscape Painting, 1840s-1870s.

John Ruskin (1819-1900), a prominent English art critic of the Victorian era, discussed in his writings possibilities for the reconciliation of two adverse trends in British art of his time: the atmospheric effects that characterize art by J.M.W. Turner and his circle and the heightened detail cherished by the Pre-Raphaelites and their emulators.

The exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, features several of Ruskin's own drawings and those of English and American artists whose struggles with pictorial detail and effect echoed his own.

Art majors Ben Livingston, class of 2013, and Ursula Moreno-VanderLaan, class of 2013, worked with Pamela Fletcher, Associate Professor of Art History, to research and organize the exhibition, as part of Bowdoin College course ART 352, The Pre-Raphaelites.

The exhibition will be on view in the Becker Gallery at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through December 23, 2012.

Image: John Ruskin, English, 1819-1900. Bellinzona, 1858, watercolor and gouache over graphite. Gift of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss.