John Ruskin Brantwood

John Ruskin Brantwood

John Ruskin Brantwood – John Ruskin moved to Brantwood in 1871 and made it his home until his death in 1900.

John Ruskin's Brantwood
John Ruskin’s Brantwood

Ruskin was a hugely influential art critic, social reformer and advocate for the improvement of conditions for industrial workers.

‘Enlightened Self Interest‘ was his approach to the onset of global capitalism…employers to treat their workers well to enhance rewards and loyalty for all.

In the art world he influenced William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and he supported the Pre Ralphaelite Brotherhood (    with a determination to return to art depicting nature in its true format and not renderings of sublime artificiality.

At Brantwood (   the visitor can almost feel Ruskin’s presence and the house has been impressively kept with his furniture, artefacts and all other manner of his life style.

John Ruskin Brantwood

Art-Tales is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett.

Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Art-Tales is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little.

Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general.

Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their experiences in galleries. Fully illustrated with 400 sketches and drawings of major art works and their artists, the book takes the reader on a journey through topics to perhaps consider to enrich the viewing experience.

To many, the art world is daunting, to others it holds little interest. A gentle submersion at a depth to suit the individual can produce rich and rewarding results.

That’s the purpose of Art-Tales.