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Ruskin on Turner

Lifting the Veil: J.M.W. Turner and John Ruskin: Adam Kirsch in The New York Sun notes the less than fulsome praise of the New York press for the Turner exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.  Kirsch writes:

To understand why Turner is no longer in fashion, then, it is helpful to read Ruskin, who wrote at a time when Turner was not yet in fashion.

A handful of Ruskin essays on Turner from art bin.

Ruskin gave sets of Turners to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge: virtual exhibition

This abstract from The Sublime Rivalry of Word and Image: Turner and Ruskin Revisited by Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, fronted by this quote from Oscar Wild in The Critic as Artist:

Who cares whether Mr. Ruskin’s views on Turner are sound or not? What does it matter? That mighty and majestic prose of his, so fervid and fiery-coloured in its noble eloquence, so rich in its elaborate, symphonic music, so sure and certain, at its best, in subtle choice of word and epithet, is at least as great a work of art as any of those wonderful sunsets that bleach or rot on their corrupted canvases in England’s Gallery; greater, indeed, one is apt to think at times, not merely because its equal beauty is more enduring, but on account of the fuller variety of its appeal, soul speaking to soul in those long cadenced lines, not through form and colour alone, though through these, indeed, completely and without loss, but with intellectual and emotional utterance, with lofty passion and with loftier thought, with imaginative insight, and with poetic aim; greater, I always think, even as Literature is the greater art.

points out:

Turner and Ruskin each turned to the sister art both for inspiration, and importantly, for a means of supplementing what each perceived to be the insufficiencies of his own medium.

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