When Euphemia Gray married John Ruskin in 1848, she likely saw him as a wonderful match: nine years her senior, he was wealthy and already a well-respected art critic. But as we learn in the biopic Effie Gray, in theaters Friday, the union was far from ideal.
Ruskin was one of the most prominent thinkers of his day, an expert on painters like J.M.W. Turner and the pre-Raphaelites and a dabbler in countless other subjects. Effie became known simply for her union with him—and later, for its ugly unraveling. The resulting publicity inspired plays, films, te...
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