Glacier of Rosenlaui

John Brett1856

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

The Rosenlaui glacier is at the foot of two spectacular Alpine peaks, including the Dossenhorn, and yet they are not the focus here. Instead Brett makes a meticulous study of different types of rocks and pebbles, offset by the dense blue white folds of the glacier itself. This attention to the detail as well as enormity of nature reflects the critic John Ruskin's sentiment that a small stone was 'a mountain in miniature'. Brett had travelled to Switzerland after reading Ruskin's Of Mountain Beauty and met the artist John William Inchbold who influenced him to 'paint all I could see'.

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  • Title: Glacier of Rosenlaui
  • Creator: John Brett
  • Date Created: 1856
  • Provenance: Purchased 1946
  • Physical Dimensions: w419 x h445 mm
  • Original Title: Glacier of Rosenlaui
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas


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