John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was a painter known for his large-scale works in the Academic style.

John William Waterhouse Summary:

  • Both of his parents were painters and supported his decision to pursue art.
  • Most of his paintings are based on the works of authors like Homer, Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Keats.
  • It is speculated that as he got more successful, his paintings went bigger in scale.
  • He became an academician in 1895 and taught at the St. John’s Wood Art School.
  • His Ophelia series was left unfinished due to him being ill with cancer.

John William Waterhouse Famous Paintings:

  • Echo and Narcissus (1903)
  • Consulting the Oracle (1884)
  • Ariadne (1898)
  • Ophelia (1888)
  • Sleep and His Half-Brother Death (1874)
  • The Lady of Shallot (1888)
  • Undine (1872)

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