John William Waterhouse (Page 2)

 "The Shrine" came out in 1895, the same year that he was finally elected a Full Academician. His election stirred little excitement as it had been considered a certainty for years.Click for larger image

 "Hylas and the Nymphs" has been the most widely exhibited of all his works; from the Paris Exhibition of 1900 to the Arts Council's "Great Victorian Pictures" of 1978.Click for larger image

 "A Mermaid" of 1901 was praised by the "Art Journal", whose critics wrote: "The whistful-sad look of this fair mermaid, seated in her rock-bound home, combing the dull-red hair ere she studs it with pearls that lie in the iridescent shell, is potent in suggestion. It tells of human longings never to be satisfied... The chill of the sea lies over her heart; the endless murmur of waters is a poor substitute for the sound of human voices; never can this beautiful creature, troubled with emotion, experience on the one hand unawakened repose, on the other the joys of womanhood.".Click for larger image

 Similarly, "Echo and Narcissus", a huge canvas measuring 43x74-1/2 inches, was doted on by the "Art Journal", who called it "One of the best examples of imaginitave art which can be found in the Academy".Click for larger image

 In 1902 the painting "Windflowers" (lefthand thumbnail) began a new theme of beauty and flowers which was to be practiced on and off for the next ten years in such works as "Vanity" and "My Sweet Rose" (far right).Click for larger image

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