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John William Waterhouse

Born in: 1849

United Kingdom

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John William Waterhouse was an English Painter of the Victorian Age. He is considered one of the great master of the neoclassical, pre-raphaelite and symbolist English movement. John William Waterhouse was born in 1849 in Rome, where his father worked as a painter. He was referred to as "Nino" throughout his life. In the 1850s the family returned to England. Before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1870, Waterhouse assisted his father in his studio. His early works were of classical themes in the spirit of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton, and were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery. In the late 1870s and the 1880s, Waterhouse made several trips to Italy, where he painted genre scenes. After his marriage in 1883 to Esther Kenworthy, Waterhouse took up residence at the Primrose Hill Studios. His latter painting reveals Waterhouse's growing interest in themes associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly tragic or powerful femmes fatales, as well as plein-air painting. Other examples of paintings depicting a femme fatale are Circe Invidiosa, Cleopatra, La Belle Dame Sans Merci and several versions of Lamia. In 1885 Waterhouse was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and a full member in 1895. Despite suffering from increasing frailty during the final decade of his life, Waterhouse continued painting until his death from cancer in 1917. From 1908-1914 he painted a series of paintings based upon the Persephone legend. They were followed by pictures based upon literature and mythology in 1916 (Miranda, Tristram and Isolde). One of his final works was The Enchanted Garden, left unfinished on his easel at his death, and now in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool.
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Our recommendations John William Waterhouse, La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, Print

John William Waterhouse

La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, 2015
31.9 x 24.4 inch
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Our recommendations John William Waterhouse, La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, Print

John William Waterhouse

La Fille du Vent / The Girl of the Wind (Study for Boreas) - 1904, 2015
31.9 x 24.4 inch
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