Ruskin’s Emanations

John Ruskin, Rocks and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount, Perthshire (1847), pen and ink and watercolour over graphite on paper, 32.3 x 46.5 cm

Ruskin’s rocks and ferns seem to emanate from the background in a scene where the foreground and the background slide together. There is a kind of force at work in the Rocks and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount that suggests the objects coming-forth are a part of larger, flowing processes of matter.

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