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John William Waterhouse

Biography: – John William Waterhouse was born in Rome in 1849 to English painters. – He was baptized on 6 April, with his birthdate estimated […]

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– John William Waterhouse was born in Rome in 1849 to English painters.
– He was baptized on 6 April, with his birthdate estimated between 1 and 23 January.
– His early life in Italy influenced his paintings set in ancient Rome.
– Waterhouse returned to London in 1854 and was encouraged to draw and sketch.
– He enrolled in the Royal Academy of Art school in 1871.

– In his early career, Waterhouse’s works were classical rather than Pre-Raphaelite.
– He exhibited at the Dudley Gallery and Society of British Artists.
– His painting ‘Sleep and his Half-brother Death’ was exhibited in 1874.
– Waterhouse participated in annual Royal Academy exhibitions from 1874 to 1916.
– His paintings grew in size due to his success in the London art scene.

Notable Works and Style:
– Waterhouse’s notable works include ‘The Lady of Shalott’, ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’, ‘Ophelia’, ‘The Soul of the Rose’, and ‘The Crystal Ball’.
– Known for his detailed and colorful paintings, he blended realism with romanticism.
– Waterhouse often depicted themes from literature and mythology.
– Considered a master of the female form, he was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite style.

Legacy and Influence:
– Waterhouse passed away in 1917 and is associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
– His legacy continues to be celebrated for his contributions to art.
– Waterhouse’s works are highly sought after by collectors and he is considered one of the last Pre-Raphaelite painters.
– His influence can be seen in contemporary art, leaving a lasting impact on the art world.

Gallery and References:
– Waterhouse produced a total of 118 paintings, with works displayed in major museums and galleries.
– Notable works like ‘I am Half-Sick of Shadows, said the Lady of Shalott’ and ‘Miranda – The Tempest’ were created.
– References to Waterhouse’s work include a master’s thesis, scholarly works by Peter Trippi, a gallery guide by The Royal Academy of Art, and further reading on his life and work.
– Waterhouse’s education and career involved studying at the Royal Academy of Art, exhibiting there, being associated with Morris & Co., receiving critical acclaim, and becoming a full member of the Royal Academy in 1895.

John William Waterhouse (Wikipedia)

John William Waterhouse RA (6 April 1849 – 10 February 1917) was an English painter known for working first in the Academic style and for then embracing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's style and subject matter. His paintings are known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. A high proportion depict a single young and beautiful woman in a historical costume and setting, though there are some ventures into Orientalist painting and genre painting, still mostly featuring women.

John William Waterhouse
Waterhouse, c. 1886
Born(1849-04-06)6 April 1849
Died10 February 1917(1917-02-10) (aged 67)
WorksHylas and the Nymphs
The Lady of Shalott
The Magic Circle
A Mermaid
SpouseEsther Kenworthy Waterhouse

Born in Rome to English parents who were both painters, Waterhouse later moved to London, where he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Art Schools. He soon began exhibiting at their annual summer exhibitions, focusing on the creation of large canvas works depicting scenes from the daily life and mythology of ancient Greece. Many of his paintings are based on authors such as Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, Tennyson, or Keats.

Waterhouse's work is displayed in many major art museums and galleries, and the Royal Academy of Art organised a major retrospective of his work in 2009.

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