Ruskin Turner and the Storm Cloud

This collection of essays examining Ruskin's distinctive blend of meteorology, morality and social criticism brings new perspectives to one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the nineteenth century.

Author: Suzanne Fagence Cooper


ISBN: 1911300601


Page: 120

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Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud presents new writing on John Ruskin's vision of art and its relationship with modern society and a changing environment. As part of the re-evaluation of Ruskin, 200 years after his birth in 1819, art historians, scientists, geographers, artists and curators explore the critic's lifelong commitment to the painted landscapes of JMW Turner and his own artistic ambitions, as well as his prophetic concerns about the world's darkening skies, pollution and psychological turbulence. In 1884 John Ruskin spoke out against an encroaching "Storm Cloud"--a darkening of the skies that he attributed to the belching chimneys of the modern world. The imagery of the pollution-stained sky also allowed Ruskin to articulate the internal distress that seemed to engulf him. His analysis of a "blanched sun, blighted grass [and] blinded man" overwhelmed by a modern "plague-wind" expresses both the visible climatic effects of industrialization and the effects of his own worsening mental health. Propelled by bereavement and anxieties over his religious faith, Ruskin became fixated on the skies, "watching a cloud from four in the afternoon to four in the morning". This collection of essays examining Ruskin's distinctive blend of meteorology, morality and social criticism brings new perspectives to one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the nineteenth century. Ruskin's deep and personal engagement with Turner's work over many decades emerges as a recurring theme. In Turner, Ruskin found the ideal "Modern Painter"--an artist whose powerful sunrises and sunsets, mountains and storms, inspired his own critical engagement with the natural world. As an artist and critic, Ruskin consistently challenged the way others experienced the world, encouraging his audiences to recognise and record nature's transient beauty, and doing the same with his own intimately observed drawings of animals, flora and weathered buildings. As an environmentalist, he witnessed a natural world changing before his eyes, as the landscapes, buildings and skies he had seen as a young man came under threat. As an ethical provocateur ahead of his time, he condemned the throwaway culture that spoilt the towns and rivers he loved, urging his audiences to take responsibility for these changes. Responding to this rich and troubled legacy, the book brings together original contributions by artists and curators, art historians, geographers and climate change specialists, each of whom shares new insights into Ruskin's concerns about the changing weather patterns and shifting landscapes of the modern world. Individual essays reconsider Ruskin alongside a range of contemporary issues, encompassing mental health, technology, environmental pollution and climate change. The collection's diverse voices make a compelling case for the continuing relevance of Ruskin and his ways of seeing in the twenty-first century. Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud accompanies a major exhibition at York Art Gallery and Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

Ruskin and Environment

Best known today as an art critic and social theorist, John Ruskin (1819-1900) was also an acute observer and recorder of the natural environment, and of the impact of Victorian industrialisation and urbanisation upon it.

Author: Michael Wheeler

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719043778

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

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Best known today as an art critic and social theorist, John Ruskin (1819-1900) was also an acute observer and recorder of the natural environment, and of the impact of Victorian industrialisation and urbanisation upon it. He argued passionately against railways and tourism, river pollution and acid rain, and as passionately for the care of ancient buildings and improved sanitation in urban slums.

The Storm Cloud of the Nineteenth Century Two Lectures delivered at the London Institution February 4th and 11th 1884

Reproduction of the original: The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century, Two Lectures delivered at the London Institution February 4th and 11th, 1884 by John Ruskin

Author: John Ruskin

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783732672714

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

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Reproduction of the original: The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century, Two Lectures delivered at the London Institution February 4th and 11th, 1884 by John Ruskin

Romantic Sustainability

Figure 3.2 J. M. W. Turner, The Storm Clouds, 1820–1830. ... This is partly what Ruskin had in mind when he cited Turner in his lecture on The Storm-Cloud ...

Author: Ben P. Robertson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498518918

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Romantic Sustainability is an international collection of ecocritical essays that examine sustainability in relation to Romantic-era Britain. The essays examine the traditional Romantic canon but also delve into less well-known authors, all while interrogating issues of race, gender, religion, and identity, beginning with inspiration and creativity and ending with considerations about extinction and apocalypse.

Weather Architecture

45 Ruskin, The Storm-Cloud ofthe Nineteenth Century, pp. 55–63. ... Modern Painters he praises Turner's depiction of clouds: 'Show me a single picture, ...

Author: Jonathan Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135746049

Category: Architecture

Page: 370

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Weather Architecture further extends Jonathan Hill’s investigation of authorship by recognising the creativity of the weather. At a time when environmental awareness is of growing relevance, the overriding aim is to understand a history of architecture as a history of weather and thus to consider the weather as an architectural author that affects design, construction and use in a creative dialogue with other authors such as the architect and user. Environmental discussions in architecture tend to focus on the practical or the poetic but here they are considered together. Rather than investigate architecture’s relations to the weather in isolation, they are integrated into a wider discussion of cultural and social influences on architecture. The analysis of weather’s effects on the design and experience of specific buildings and gardens is interwoven with a historical survey of changing attitudes to the weather in the arts, sciences and society, leading to a critical re-evaluation of contemporary responses to climate change.

British Art and the Environment

... the formation of the reviled “Storm Cloud of the Nineteenth Century” (1884) ... held in 2019 at York Art Gallery on “Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud.

Author: Charlotte Gould

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000408218

Category: Art

Page: 258

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This book explores the nature of Britain-based artists’ engagement with the transformations of their environment since the early days of the Industrial Revolution. At a time of pressing ecological concerns, the international group of contributors provide a series of case studies that reconsider the nature–culture divide and aim at identifying the contours of a national narrative that stretches from enclosed lands to rising seas. By adopting a longer historical view, this book hopes to enrich current debates concerning art’s engagement with recording and questioning the impact of human activity on the environment. The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, contemporary art, environmental humanities, and British studies.

Ruskin s God

... “ as to the Greek , the storm - clouds seemed messengers of fate ' ( 7.189 ) . For Turner , Ruskin now implies , Christian and pagan religious sources ...

Author: Michael Wheeler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521574145

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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A full-length study of the impact that John Ruskin's religion had upon his writings, first published in 1999.

Reading Dickens Differently

StormCloud of the Nineteenth Century” (1884; Ruskin 1909–1912, 34:15), ... Here, Dickens's influence is as pervasive as Turner's, manifesting itself as “a ...

Author: Leon Litvack

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119602224

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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A collection of original essays and innovative reading strategies—provides examples of reading Dickens in creative and challenging ways Reading Dickens Differently features contributions from many of the field’s leading scholars, offering creative ways of reading Dickens and enriching understanding of the most celebrated author of his time. A diverse range of innovative reading strategies—archival, historical, textual, and digital—representing new and exciting approaches to contemporary literary and cultural studies. This groundbreaking volume brings together literature, history, politics, painting, illustration, social media, video games, and other topics to reveal new opportunities to engage with the author's life and work. This unique book includes a re-evaluation of Dickens’ death and burial, new research data drawn from legal records and newspapers, assessments of well-known paintings and lesser-known illustrations, experimental readings of Dickens’ texts in digital form, and more. Much of the evidence presented has never been seen before, such as Dickens' funeral fee account from Westminster Abbey, Dickens' death certificate, and a telegram from Dickens' son asking for urgent assistance for his dying father. Revising and refreshing the critical strategies of traditional Dickens studies, this important volume: Features new research data on aspects of Dickens's life Discusses a range of innovative reading strategies (including physiological novel theory) for clarifying aspects of Dickens' work Examines the presence of Dickens in popular media and technology, such as Assassin’s Creed video game and A Christmas Carol iPad app Features rare illustrations, including documents and images relating to Dickens's death and funeral Edited by world authorities on Dickens and his manuscripts Authoritative, yet accessible, Reading Dickens Differently is a must-have book for Dickens specialists, instructors and students in Victorian fiction and Dickens courses, as well as general readers lookingfor innovative reading strategies of the author's work.

A Landscape of Architecture History and Fiction

Turner's principal advocate, John Ruskin, remarks in The Stones of Venice, 1851–1853, ... and associates with 'the stormcloud of the nineteenth century', ...

Author: Jonathan Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317528586

Category: Architecture

Page: 230

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Architecture can be analogous to a history, a fiction, and a landscape. We expect a history or a novel to be written in words, but they can also be cast in concrete or seeded in soil. The catalyst to this tradition was the simultaneous and interdependent emergence in the eighteenth century of new art forms: the picturesque landscape, the analytical history, and the English novel. Each of them instigated a creative and questioning response to empiricism’s detailed investigation of subjective experience and the natural world, and together they stimulated a design practice and lyrical environmentalism that profoundly influenced subsequent centuries. Associating the changing natural world with journeys in self-understanding, and the design process with a visual and spatial autobiography, this book describes journeys between London and the North Sea in successive centuries, analysing an enduring and evolving tradition from the picturesque and romanticism to modernism. Creative architects have often looked to the past to understand the present and imagine the future. Twenty-first-century architects need to appreciate the shock of the old as well as the shock of the new.

Ruskin Turner and the Pre Raphaelites

1875 Watercolour with some bodycolour and pencil 47.6 x 31.1 Inscribed on
verso “ John Ruskin : s.m. circa 1875 aet 56 ... the storm - clouds seemed
messengers of fate ' ( Modern Painters v , 1860 , 7.189 ) beauty of the visible
world ' ( 7.193 ) ...

Author: Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies Robert Hewison

Publisher: Tate Gallery Publication

ISBN: UOM:39015042573280

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Published to accompany the exhibition at Tate Britain, London from 9 March to 28 May 2000.

Anti Portraiture

... York Art Gallery's Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud (2019) and shows of contemporary painting and printmaking at Art Space Gallery, Islington, ...

Author: Fiona Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350193055

Category: Art

Page: 256

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The portrait has historically been understood as an artistic representation of a human subject. Its purpose was to provide a visual or psychological likenesses or an expression of personal, familial or social identity; it was typically associated with the privileged individual subject of Western modernity. Recent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences however has responded to the complex nature of twenty-first century subjectivity and proffered fresh conceptual models and theories to analyse it. The contributors to Anti-Portraiture examine subjectivity via a range of media including sculpture, photography and installation, and make a convincing case for an expanded definition of portraiture. By offering a timely reappraisal of the terms through which this genre is approached, the chapter authors volunteer new paradigms in which to consider selfhood, embodiment and representation. In doing so they further this exciting academic debate and challenge the curatorial practices and acquisition policies of museums and galleries.

Humanistic Geography and Literature RLE Social Cultural Geography

The storm cloud for example has a beauty which derives from a different message to ... Ruskin notes that this painting, Turner's greatest, was originally ...

Author: Douglas C. D. Pocock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317906322

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This book introduces the beginning student to the major concepts, materials and tools of the discipline of geography. While it presents geographic theory, as whole and for each of its parts, the chief emphasis is on concrete analysis and example rather than on abstraction, an approach which has proven more successful for undergraduate courses than those with a more heavily theoretical bias. The text was extensively re-written for the third edition, which enhanced its clarity and effectiveness, with expanded cartographic coverage.

The Correspondence of John Ruskin and Charles Eliot Norton

And I've given Ernest Chesneau5 a commission to write a life of Turner from a french ... 4 On 4 February Ruskin delivered 'The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth ...

Author: John Ruskin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521320917

Category: Art

Page: 537

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Ruskin's letters to Norton reflect and express, often more vividly than his own public prose, the spiritual, amatory, artistic, and cultural preoccupations of Ruskin's life. This 1987 volume presents a complete and accurate record of the exchanges, which comprise 333 from Ruskin to Norton and 63 in return.

Victorian Environmental Nightmares

“Black Devil and Gentle Cloud: Ruskin and Emerson at odds.” Nineteenth-Century Prose, vol. ... Day, Brian J. “The Moral Intuition of Ruskin's 'Storm-Cloud.

Author: Laurence W. Mazzeno

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030140427

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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The twelve essays in Victorian Environmental Nightmares explore various “environmental nightmares” through applied analyses of Victorian texts. Over the course of the nineteenth century, writers of imaginative literature often expressed fears and concerns over environmental degradation (in its wide variety of meanings, including social and moral). In some instances, natural or environmental disasters influenced these responses; in other instances a growing awareness of problems caused by industrial pollution and the growth of cities prompted responses. Seven essays in this volume cover works about Britain and its current and former colonies that examine these nightmare environments at home and abroad. But as the remaining five essays in this collection demonstrate, “environmental nightmares” are not restricted to essays on actual disasters or realistic fiction, since in many cases Victorian writers projected onto imperial landscapes or wholly imagined landscapes in fantastic fiction their anxieties about how humans might change their environments—and how these environments might also change humans.

Weather Religion and Climate Change

25 John Ruskin, The Storm Cloud of the Nineteenth Century, Orpington: George Allen 1884, ... 30 Gerald Finley, Angel in the Sun: Turner's Vision of History, ...

Author: Sigurd Bergmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000290752

Category: Nature

Page: 242

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Weather, Religion and Climate Change is the first in-depth exploration of the fascinating way in which the weather impacts on the fields of religion, art, culture, history, science, and architecture. In critical dialogue with meteorology and climate science, this book takes the reader beyond the limits of contemporary thinking about the Anthropocene and explores whether a deeper awareness of weather might impact on the relationship between nature and self. Drawing on a wide range of examples, including paintings by J.M.W. Turner, medieval sacred architecture, and Aristotle’s classical Meteorologica, Bergmann examines a geographically and historically wide range of cultural practices, religious practices, and worldviews in which weather appears as a central, sacred force of life. He also examines the history of scientific meteorology and its ambivalent commodification today, as well as medieval "weather witchery" and biblical perceptions of weather as a kind of "barometer" of God’s love. Overall, this volume explores the notion that a new awareness of weather and its atmospheres can serve as a deep cultural and spiritual driving force that can overcome the limits of the Anthropocene and open a new path to the "Ecocene", the age of nature. Drawing on methodologies from religious studies, cultural studies, art history and architecture, philosophy, environmental ethics and aesthetics, history, and theology, this book will be of great interest to all those concerned with studying the environment from a transdisciplinary perspective on weather and wisdom.

John Ruskin s Politics and Natural Law

In the final volume of Modern Painters, Ruskin avoided such troubling issues in ... that great leitmotif of Turner's work, and the way by which storm-clouds ...

Author: Graham A. MacDonald

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319722818

Category: Science

Page: 276

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This book offers new perspectives on the origins and development of John Ruskin’s political thought. Graham A. MacDonald traces the influence of late medieval and pre-Enlightenment thought in Ruskin’s writing, reintroducing readers to Ruskin’s politics as shaped through his engagement with concepts of natural law, legal rights, labour and welfare organization. From Ruskin’s youthful studies of geology and chemistry to his back-to-the-land project, the Guild of St. George, he emerges as a complex political thinker, a reformer—and what we would recognize today as an environmentalist. John Ruskin’s Politics and Natural Law is a nuanced reappraisal of neglected areas of Ruskin’s thought.

Antarctica Art and Archive

Under Ruskin's enthusiastic pen, the art of Turner, whom he referred to as “our great ... Ruskin gave two lectures, titled The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth ...

Author: Polly Gould

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350158344

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Antarctica, that icy wasteland and extreme environment at the ends of the earth, was - at the beginning of the 20th century - the last frontier of Victorian imperialism, a territory subjected to heroic and sometimes desperate exploration. Now, at the start of the 21st century, Antarctica is the vulnerable landscape behind iconic images of climate change. In this genre-crossing narrative Gould takes us on a journey to the South Pole, through art and archive. Through the life and tragic death of Edward Wilson, polar explorer, doctor, scientist and artist, and his watercolours, and through the work of a pioneer of modern anthropology and opponent of scientific racism, Franz Boas, Gould exposes the legacies of colonialism and racial and gendered identities of the time. Antarctica, the White Continent, far from being a blank - and white - canvas, is revealed to be full of colour. Gould argues that the medium matters and that the practices of observation in art, anthropology and science determine how we see and what we know. Stories of exploration and open-air watercolour painting, of weather experiments and ethnographic collecting, of evolution and extinction, are interwoven to raise important questions for our times. Revisiting Antarctica through the archive becomes the urgent endeavour to imagine an inhabitable planetary future.

Ruskin Routledge Revivals

and buildings but also of contemporary phenomena, such as storm clouds and the discontent of the working classes. Whether explaining Turner's art in Modem ...

Author: George P. Landow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317532804

Category: Art

Page: 100

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Ruskin, the great Victorian critics of art and society, had an enormous influence on his age and our own. A highly successful propagandist for the arts, he did much both to popularize high art and to bring it to the masses. A brilliant theorist and practical critics of realism, he also produced the finest nineteenth-century discussions of fantasy, the grotesque, and pictorial symbolism. Most who have written about this outstanding Victorian polymath have approached him either as literary critics or as art historians. In this book, which was first published in 1985, George P. Landow provides a more balanced view and offers a strikingly new approach which reveals that Ruskin wrote throughout his career as an interpreter, an exegete. His interpretations covered many fields of human experience and endeavour, not only paintings, poems, and buildings but also contemporary social issues, such as the discontent of the working classes.