Environment Magazine

Turner And Ruskin’s Magnificent Alpine Landscape Also Faces the Wrath of Environment, Courtesy Climate Change

Posted on the 09 January 2019 by Rinkesh @ThinkDevGrow

The toll of climate change is now evident in the images of the glaciated Alpine landscape created by Emma Stibbon. This contemporary artist is on the same path that was followed by the 19th-century artists JMW Turner (1775-1851) and John Ruskin (1819-1900) to catch the spectacular sites in the French Alps. The resulting images are a crisp reflection of the devastation of glaciated landscape due to climate change.

Emma Stibbon RA (Royal Academician) has been commissioned to go to Chamonix with the objective of creating a contemporary response to the worries raised by John Ruskin and capture the glaciers around Mont Blanc in her drawings and photographs for the coming exhibition on Ruskin and Turner.

Mer de GlaceSource: Alan Cristea Gallery

It is the same location where in the early 1800s, Turner painted glorious watercolors and now decades later that inspired Ruskin to start his Alpine tours, photographing and drawing “Mer de Glace” the breathtaking glaciers. Emma reflected the effects of climate change on Alpine landscapes through her powerful and large-scale pencil drawings that were once treasured by Ruskin and Turner.

More than 160 years ago, it was the month of June in which Ruskin created his daguerreotypes (a photograph made by an early photographic process) of the Mer de Glace, and in the same month, Emma applied cyanotype, another primitive photographic process to find his viewpoint for her creations.

While Turner and Ruskin’s observation of the drama of a sea of ice was almost at the level they stood, Stibbon looked down into a bare deep valley with “a dark moraine-covered floor, almost completely devoid of ice.” According to her “It’s unrecognizable.”

Emma Stibbon’s commissioned drawing was for the exhibition ‘Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings’ opening at the York Art Gallery in the month of March and Abbot Hall, Kendal, in the month of July as a part of a worldwide programme of exhibitions, publications, and conferences to celebrate the occasion of 200th birthday of John Ruskin.

Ruskin was an artist, writer, and social reformer but his achievements sometimes eclipsed due to his unconsummated marriage to Effie Gray, defamation brought by painter James McNeill Whistler and other scandals.

The exhibition will include Turner’s a dozen works and more than 40 of Ruskin including the art by their contemporaries such as John Inchbold, Constable, and Hubert Herkomer. The new research will disclose how Ruskin responded to Turner’s vision, and his own experience of observing the mountains, weather patterns, and the built environment closely.

Stibbon said “When we think of the Alps, we think of iconic white peaks. By the end of this century, there probably won’t be any snow.” According to her, Ruskin felt ahead of time that “the Industrial Revolution was affecting air quality and that air pollution got linked to the use of coal. He could see that glaciers move and I think he suspected that there was some [ice] recession, which would have started around that period in the 1850s.”

An author of a new book, To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters and the research curator at York Art Gallery, Suzanne Fagence Cooper said Stibbon’s images disclose the glacier retreat “very clearly,” and capture a “sense of real loss.”

The celebration of bicentenary of John Ruskin will continue with a cinema screening in the UK, from 22 February of Effie Gray – the 2014 film written by Emma Thompson and from 26 January the exhibition, John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing at Two Temple Place, London featuring 190 and more exhibits that clearly reveal Ruskin’s influence is still very much there to feel. The Ruskin events also extend to America and Japan.

According to Robert Hewison, the author of the recently published Ruskin and His Contemporaries, “Ruskin was, by the end of his life, treated as a kind of prophet – although not in his own country – for predicting both economic and ecological deterioration. Climate change appears to show that he was right.”


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazine