Artist George Frederick Watts is a compelling figure from the Nineteenth century. He was an original artist who followed his own personal muse, and while he had much in common with his contemporaries, his work stands out from other Victorian painters. From his remarkable portraits, to his classically inspired paintings, to the allegories he created in later life, Watts contributed significantly to the history of art during the rich and varied Victorian period.
George Frederick Watts was born in London, England, in 1817. During the 1840s, he traveled to France and Italy, and the art of these countries was to have a profound and lasting influence on the young man. For it was at this time that Watts developed an interest in the work of Michelangelo. Indeed, his admiration for the great Italian Renaissance artist is evident in many of his paintings and works of sculpture. And while Watts idolized Michelangelo, he also appreciated many contemporary English artists. His friends included several members of the influential Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as well as that other titan of Victorian art - Lord Leighton. It is worth noting that the long and fruitful friendship between Watts and Leighton resulted in many shared artistic interests, including a passion for classical subjects. And it is through such classical paintings as Thetis, Ariadne on Naxos, and Orpheus and Eurydice that Watts left his mark on art history.
Christopher Wood's elegant and informative book features a comprehensive "who's who" of Victorian artists, from Pre-Raphaelite masters such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, to what Wood terms the Olympian Dreamers - including Lawrence Alma-Tadema, G.F. Watts, and Albert Moore. And the stunning images of paintings make this book a true treasure. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates Victorian art.
The Art Book
This book is sure to enhance any art lover's library. Color images grace the pages, and every picture is accompanied by a concise description of each featured work and artist.