Inspired by the art of Constable and Cozens I spent some time this afternoon observing the sky and clouds over the local landscape. The sun is shining today after a very wet week and, as it is also the school holidays, … Continue reading
These strange landscapes remind me of the fantasy drawings of alien planets in my cousin’s ‘Boys Own Annuals’ from the 1960s. The glacier depicted in these … Continue reading
John Ruskin had a great passion for the ‘doom and gloom’ of mountain scenery. Stott’s moody river of ice carving through the dark slopes of Jungfrau was undoubtedly influenced by Ruskin’s encouragement for artists of the time to visit Switzerland.
Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading
As with Turner’s ‘Lake Lucerne, Sunset’, the focus of this work is the reflection of light on the water. The ability to render a reflection leading the eye to glide over the water’s surface was much admired by John Ruskin.
This peaceful scene of distant mountains reflected in still lake waters was much admired by John Ruskin, who wrote extensively on reflections in art. Many of Turner’s contemporaries failed to appreciate the ethereal, abstract nature of some of his … Continue reading
The dark, brooding sky reflected in a still mountain lake gives an ominous impression of the approaching storm.