Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bridge, Ruskin and Cubism

This is a view looking south down the Delaware River and Washington Crossing Bridge on the New Jersey side.

I don't think John Ruskin would have appreciated Cubism.  Writing about the experience of looking at a foreground while the background becomes indistinct, and vice versa, he says, "... for if we represent our near and distant objects as giving both at once that distinct image to the eye, which we receive in nature from each, when we look at them separately... we violate one of the most essential principles of nature; we represent that as seen at once which can only be seen by two separate acts of seeing, and tell a falsehood as gross as if we represented four sides of a cubic object visible together."  

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