J.W. Waterhouse

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Phaidon, Oct 18, 2002 - Art - 251 pages
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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 paintings 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 utilizes 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. Peter 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.Peter Trippi studied at New York University and the Courtauld Institute, London, and is currently Vice Director for Development at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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User Review  - Rain Jenning - Goodreads

Waterhouse's paintings are lustful and ethereal at the same time, otherworldly and carnal meet in a fantasy world of his imagining. Nymphs and satyrs, sprites and faeries, beauties bathing, it's a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jocelyn Murray - Goodreads

One of my favorite painters. There is just something so intensely romantic about his work, and that of the Pre-Raphaelites in general. JW Waterhouse seems to convey a certain deep yearning that is ... Read full review

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Peter Trippi is currently Vice Director for Development at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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