Coire in the Grisons, SwitzerlandArtist:
Henry Roderick Newman
, American, about 1843 - c.1917
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 344 x 283mm
Sight size: 170 x 119mm
Accession Number: CGSG00044
Coire is more commonly known as 'Chur' and is situated in the Swiss Alps. This view of Chur seems to reflect John Ruskin's memory of the area, made in 1835 when he was 16 years old: 'The higher part of this large valley… is… exceedingly beautiful, shelving up to the mountains in smooth slopes of green turf, not jagged with monotonous pine, but tufted with various and beautiful trees.'
Ruskin wrote to Newman about the work saying 'I can't tell you how delighted I am ..[it is]… a hitherto unseen thing in art - the richness with light - the realisation with sensitiveness. The honesty, with her praise of the thing loved…'
Ruskin always wanted to see the artist's praise for 'a thing loved' in artworks. He felt that if an artist felt more pride in his skill than love for the object they painted, they would not be able to capture it either with truth, or with emotion.