John Ruskin (1819-1900) and French Painting



The impact of John Ruskin’s work has been considerable both in England and on the continent, and remains so today. His published works constituted a veritable aesthetic and moral education of the gaze for his contemporary Victorians. A genuine embodiment of the aesthetic aspirations of his time, Ruskin’s work is striking in its ethnocentrism, carefully circumventing the question of French painting. This absence especially sheds light on his highly moral vision of art and its social role. 

John Ruskin (1819-1900), self-portrait, 1875, watercolor, 47.6 x 31.1 cm.