‘Flinging pots of paint’ claim explored

John Ruskin, art critic
John Ruskin, art critic

THE work of a man regarded as the first contemporary artist will be explored at a lecture in Steyning.

Alan Read will give an illustrated talk to Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts on ‘Whistler v Ruskin – flinging pots of paint in the public faces’, referring to an 1878 libel suit.

Mr Read is a lecturer, London Blue Badge guide and guide at The Tate galleries.

Chairman Ann Blakelock said: “It was perhaps inevitable that the writer and critic John Ruskin, for so long Turner’s champion, would find Whistler’s work intolerable.

“The two held completely opposing views about politics and art. Ruskin was a socialist, while Whistler deplored the idea that art should be for everyone.”

The meeting will be held at the Steyning Centre tomorrow morning.

Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society, a branch of NADFAS, meets on the second Monday of each month. Annual membership is £36.

Visitors are welcome at lectures for a £5 donation. Coffee is served at 10am, followed by the meeting from 10.30am to midday.

For further information, call 01903 368254 or 01903 816190.