J.W. Waterhouse

J.W. Waterhouse

Book - 2002
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John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) is one of the most enduringly popular of the Victorian artists, and paintings such as The Lady of Shalott , Hylas and The Nymphs and Ophelia have become icons recognized the world over. With their compelling composition and glowing colour, these works are admired for their beauty and for their power to transport the viewer into a romantic world of myth and legend. At the same time, Waterhouse's wistful heroines also reflect the troubled attitudes of nineteenth-century male artists towards women.

In this carefully researched new study, Peter Trippi presents a fresh and absorbing analysis of the artist's seductresses, martyrs and nymphs, and the cultural and historical circumstances in which they were produced. He also draws on new research to provide an accessible biography of the artist. Themes explored include Waterhouse's passion for Italy, literature and the classical world, the role of the Royal Academy in his life, his stylistic influences and studio practice, and his relations with collectors, dealers, critics and curators.

Neglected throughout much of the twentieth century, Waterhouse has enjoyed a dramatic revival of fortune. Trippi's monograph provides a timely re-evaluation that combines a close reading of Waterhouse's imagery with a candid appraisal of the milieu in which he worked.

Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2002
Description: 251 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780714842325
Branch Call Number: 759.2 Wat


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Jan 06, 2020

I am someone who really admires the visually graceful elegance depicted in many of the paintings completed by the highly-gifted English painter, John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).

If you happen to share my opinion about the exceptionally alluring paintings of Waterhouse's, then, I'm certain that this impressively presented book is sure to appeal to your discerning taste in his remarkable artwork.

Oct 27, 2019

When you view the many full-color reproductions of J.W. Waterhouse's artwork in this fine pictorial biography, you will clearly understand this gifted artist's vast popularity.

Waterhouse (1849-1917) was, unquestionably, one of the most popular Victorian painters of his day and many of his compelling paintings have become literal icons of his generation that are easily recognizable (to this very day) the world over.

Nov 28, 2018

Personally, I rank the elegant artwork of John Waterhouse, right up there, in the very same league with that of Maxfield Parrish.

When it comes to subject matter - I find that the paintings of both of these gifted artists seems to possess an intriguing mystical edge to them which is very appealing to the eye.

Warerhouse was born (1849) in England into an artistic family where his interest in the arts was enthusiastically encouraged by both of his parents.

This glossy volume of Waterhouse's work clearly shows his exceptional talent for depicting the images of graceful women in settings that are of both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.

Sep 09, 2018

Born in Rome, Italy (1849) to English parents - John William Waterhouse was an artist of exceptional talent whose style and subject matter was that of the Neo-Classicism/Pre-Raphaelite genre.

Coming from an artistic family - Waterhouse was greatly encouraged to pursue painting and drawing at a very young age. It was at the age of 24 that he really began to show a remarkable promise as a highly-skilled painter.

As you will see in this beautifully-presented volume - Much of Waterhouse's artwork centred around the detailed depiction of Greek Mythology and Arthurian Legend.

*Note* - In 1917 - John Waterhouse (67 at the time) died of cancer.

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