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George Frederick Watts
 
 
 
 
George Frederick Watts, (born Feb. 23, 1817, London—died July 1, 1904, Compton, Surrey, Eng.), English painter and sculptor of grandiose allegorical themes.

Watts believed that art should preach a universal message, but his subject matter, conceived in terms of vague abstract ideals, is full of symbolism that is often obscure and today seems superficial.

Watts attended the Royal Academy sporadically between 1835 and 1837, exhibiting among other works “The Wounded Heron” (1837; Watts Gallery, Compton).

He twice won competitions for the decoration of the Houses of Parliament, and although neither design was ever carried out in fresco, the prize money enabled him to go to Florence in 1843 and to visit Rome and Naples between 1843 and 1847; the most obvious Italian influence in his work is that of Titian.

The most famous of his later works, “Hope” (1886; version in the Tate Gallery, London), is ambiguous and may be ironic in meaning.

Although he tended to despise portrait painting, Watts completed many shrewdly observed portraits of his famous contemporaries, notably that of Cardinal Manning (1882; National Portrait Gallery, London). The house in which he died now contains a permanent collection of his works.

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Portrait of Miss Lilian Macintosh



Hope



Portrait of the Countess Somers



 


The Denunciation of Cain






The Honourable Mary Baring





The Minotaur



 


The Judgement Of Paris



Self-Portrait
1864

 
 
 
 
 




Portrait of a Lady




Paulo and Francesco



 

Orpheus and Eurydice



 

Orpheus and Eurydice




Miss Georgina Treherne




The All Pervading




The Three Graces

 
 
 
 
 
 


The Dweller Within


Ariadne


Seascape

 


Creation


Sir Galahad


Pablo and Francesca

 


Love And Life


Charity



Neptune's Horses


Ophelia

 


Nude


Dorothy Tennant

 


Eve Tempted

 


Eve Tempted

 
 
 
 


Augusta, Lady Castletown


Preyer


Adam and Eve

 


Life's Illusions


Mrs George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck and her Children



Fata Morgana


Time, Death and Judgement


Orpheus and Eurydice


The Court of Death

 


Endymion


The Spirit of Christianity



Russell Gurney



The Genius of Greek Poetry


 


Psyche




Violet Lindsay


El Sembrador del universo

 
 
 
 
 



Cardinal Manning



Mrs Arthur Sassoon



The Messenger




Death Crowning Innocence

 


"She shall be called woman"


Jonah


Orlando Pursuing the Fata Morgana


The Recording Angel


Time, Death and Judgement


The Denunciation of Adam and Eve

 


The Creation of Eve


'For he had great possessions'


Faith


'Sic Transit'


Portrait of Sir John Everett Millais


Frederic Lord Leighton


Mammon


Love and Death

 
 
 


Choosing
 
 
 
 


Evolution
 
 
 
 


Adam and Eve before the Temptation
 
 
 
 
 


Alexander Constantine Ionides with His Wife and Children
 
 
 
 


Ariadne on Naxos
 
 
 
 


Artemis
 
 
 
 


Britomart
 
 
 
 
 


Clytie
 
 
 
 


Daphne's Bath
 
 
 
 


Daphne's Bath
 
 
 
 


Death and the Pale Horse
 
 
 
 


Destiny
 
 
 
 


Diana's Nymphs
 
 
 
 


Echo
 
 
 
 


Earth
 
 
 
 


Ellen Terry
 
 
 
 


Europa
 
 
 
 


Euterpe Ionides
 
 
 
 


Eve Created
 
 
 
 


Eveleen Tennant
 
 
 
 


Faith
 
 
 
 
 


Found Drowned
 
 
 
 


Genius of Greek Poetry
 
 
 
 


Self Portrait
 
 
 

 
 
 
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