Σάββατο, 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)

George Frederic or Frederick Watts was an English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He was born in London and was the son of a poor piano-maker. His mother died at an early age and so was raised and educated by his father with conservative christian interpretations as well as with classic masterpieces such as Iliad, which later influenced him on his art. He learned sculpture at the age of 10 with William Behnes and studied in detail the Elgin Marbles and at the age of 18 was enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art. He took part in a competition to design murals for the Houses of Parliament at Westminster in 1843 with a drawing Caractacus and won the first prize. The prize fund him a long visit to Italy where Watts became close friend with the British ambassador and his family. There, he began to paint landscapes and entered an another new competition for the Houses of Parliament with Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes by Encountering them at Sea. He had a brief stay in Florence and then returned to Britain.



                                                                    
                                                                                 choosing



Watts joined the Prinsep circle of bohemians and in 1850 helped the Prinseps into a 21-year lease on Little Holland House and stayed with them for the next 21 years. While living in the house some of his paintings were exhibited in Whitechapel and received a comission for the Houses of Parliament. In 1860's in his works the influence of Rossetti is obvious emphasising on rich colour. In 1864 he marries Ellen Terry and in less than a year he divorces her.
Watts's association with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Aesthetic movement altered during the 1870s, as his work increasingly combined Classical traditions with a deliberately agitated and troubled surface, in order to suggest the dynamic energies of life and evolution, as well as the tentativeand transitory qualities of life.


                                                             
                                                                            Ophelia
 

 In the early 1870's he comissioned a new London home. In 1886 he gets re-married to Mary Fraser-Tytler. Many of his paintings are held at the Tate Gallery and in 1867 he was elected as an academician to the Royal Academy.
In his late paintings, Watts' creative aspirations mutate into mystical images such as The Sower of the Systems, in which Watts seems to anticipate abstract art. This painting depicts God as a barely visible shape in an energised pattern of stars and nebulae. Some of Watts' other late works also seem to anticipate the paintings of Picasso's Blue Period. He was also admired as a portrait painter. In his portraits Watts sought to create a tension between disciplined stability and the power of action. During his last years Watts also turned to sculpture and his most famous work is a large bronze statue Physical Energy at Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town in South Africa.




                                                                             Hope




                                                               orpheus and eurydice




                                                                  pablo and francesca




                                                          time, death and judgement





                                                                        the three graces




                                                                              endymion



                                                                          love and death




                                                                  the recording angel



source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frederic_Watts 
http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=632 
http://www.museumsyndicate.com/artist.php?artist=376


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