Artful Musing

ARTFUL BLOGGER: John Ruskin’s sexual longings on view at the National Gallery of Canada


The Glacier des Bossons, Chamonix 1849 presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), where it was first recorded in 1906 (Photo: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The private life of 19th century British artist John Ruskin was far more intriguing than his art.

This is not to say you should avoid the large Ruskin exhibition opening Feb. 14 at the National Gallery of Canada. Many of the 140 drawings, watercolours and daguerreotypes — mainly landscapes and architectural details — are accomplished and are worth the trip to the gallery. But they pale in comparison to the details of Ruskin’s private life.