Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin

March 10, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Born almost exactly 100 years apart, the American painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and the British critic and amateur artist, John Ruskin (1819–1900) shared a life-long obsession for the close observation and finely rendered imagery of the world around them. This exhibition places the work of Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin together for the first time, examining their varying approaches to interpreting the natural world.

Andrew Wyeth was the youngest in a family of five children, the son of renowned illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, who recognized his talent and encouraged him to develop his skill. John Ruskin, the only child in a rising middle-class family, was encouraged to make drawings from nature. 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.

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Community Reflections Audio Tour

Audio tours for the special exhibition Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin are available at the Visitor Desk. Listen to community members’ personal responses to Wyeth and Ruskin’s art. Free.

Exhibition-Related Programs

Join us throughout the spring for a variety of nature-based programs inspired by artwork featured in Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin.

Perfume-Making: Focus on Florals
Thursday, March 15 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Slow Art Conversation
Sunday, March 18 | 2:00 p.m. & Thursday, April 12 | 6:00 p.m.

Nature Walk Series
Sunday, March 18 | 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 8 | 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Perfume-Making: Focus on Woods
Thursday, April 5 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Landscape Photography
Mondays, April 9 – June 4 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ferns and Flowers Monoprinting
Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 (2-day workshop) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Location Photography Workshops
Select Sundays, April – June | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nature Sketching
Sunday, May 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum with assistance from the Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, UK) and The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection (Chadds Ford, PA and Rockland, ME). Support was provided by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund, M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

Delaware Division of the Arts