In the first volume of Modern Painters, 19th-century English art critic John Ruskin sang the undersung praise of the sky. “Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two moments together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost divine in its infinity,” he wrote. “It is surely meant for the chief teacher of what is immortal in us, as it is the chief minister of chastisement or of blessing to what is mortal.”
Tragically, Ruskin never got to play the likes of Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog and Starfox, and thus missed out on the sublime blocky gradients and pixelated clouds of ’80s and ’90s video game skies. But luckily for us, Thibault Le Hégarat, a doctor of contemporary history and a teacher, is carrying the torch with his Tumblr Video Game Skies. Forget about collecting coins and rescuing princesses for a moment and simply enjoy the pure aesthetic pleasure lurking in the backdrop of your favourite old games.