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Thursday, June 13, 2013

George Frederic Watts ( British, 1817 – 1904)


George Frederic Watts is regarded as one of the great Victorian portrait painters and a driving force behind the Symbolist movement. Popular within his lifetime as one of the finest portrait painters, he thought of himself as more a historical painter. The son of a poor piano-maker, Watts showed early artistic promise and learnt sculpture from William Behnes when he was just 10 years old. He studied the Elgin Marbles and drew inspiration from them, once commenting that they were his only teacher. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools where he developed his skills as a portraitist. Watts used his prize money from winning a competition at the Houses of Parliament to live for several years in Italy and study frescoes by the High Renaissance masters. On his return to London he was in great demand and painted many of the leading figures of the time. From the 1860s, the influence of Rossetti can be seen in Watts’ work. Well-known artworks from Watts include Hope, Love And Life and his bronze Physical Energy.

A Dedication
Britomart
A Villain, I'll Be Bound
A Greek Idyll
Arion Saved by the Dolphin
Europa
Ariadne on Naxos
The Titans
Britomart
Orpheus and Eurydice
Una and the Red Cross Knight
The First Oyster
In the Land of Weissnichtwo
The Outcast Goodwill
The First Whisper of Love
Promises
Little Red Riding Hood
The Genius of Greek Poetry
Paolo and Francesca
Peace and Goodwill
St George
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - The Rider on the White Horse
Time, Death and Judgement
Time, Death and Judgement
The Minotaur

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