David Barrie speaks in Bedfordshire

  • 6 September 2006

On 5th September The Art Fund's Director, David Barrie, spoke to an audience in Bedford about the remarkable life and work of the Victorian art critic, social commentator, author, poet and artist John Ruskin.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was the most influential commentator on the visual arts in Victorian England as well as being a trenchant social critic. During his lifetime he produced a huge amount of writing and his hold over public opinion was extraordinary.

It was Ruskin who first had the idea for setting up a ‘national society’ to purchase works of art for museums and galleries, making him the originator of the idea for The Art Fund, which was set up three years after Ruskin’s death in 1903.

David Barrie has produced an abridged edition of one of Ruskin’s most important works of art criticism, Modern Painters. He is also a Trustee of the Ruskin Foundation.

This talk was organised by The Art Fund’s Bedfordshire Committee, one of 65 voluntary branches across the country which coordinate a massive year-round programme of regional events. These include invitations to fascinating private views, lectures, and behind-the-scenes tours to discover more about art.

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