Born almost exactly 100 years apart, the American painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and the British critic and amateur artist, John Ruskin (1819–1900) are united by an obsession for the close observation and rendering of the world around them.
The youngest in a family of five children, Wyeth was encouraged by his father, renowned illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, to develop his eye for detail. Similarly encouraged to draw from nature, John Ruskin was an only child from a middle-class family. As a respected art critic, he became the spokesperson for art of the modern era in Britain and the champion of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Through May 27, 2018, the Delaware Art Museum will be hosting a joint exhibition of their work, “Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin.”The show examines their varying approaches to interpreting the natural world and marks the first time the two have been shown together.