NINETEENTH * CENTURY* ART*BOOKS No.1 6d NET
LONDON & GLASGOW * GOWANS & GRAY LTD
R. Macklehose and Co. Ltd., Printers, Glasgow
Blocks by Hislop and Day, Edinburgh
Paper by Alex Cowan and Sons Ltd., Edinburgh
Sixty reproductions of photographs by Fredk. Hollyer from the
original oil paintings : special permission for their publication
in this book has been kindly awarded by Mrs. Watt.
Owner signed 'Ella A Collens 1912' twice.
Nice photo glued to cover.
Cover has a few creases, small tears / missing paper on spine. One interior page small tear.
Softcover, 72 pages, 9 3/4 X 14.5 cm
George Frederic Watts OM RA (London 23 February 1817 – 1 July 1904) was a popular English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He said "I paint ideas, not things." Watts became famous in his lifetime for his allegorical works, such as Hope and Love and Life. These paintings were intended to form part of an epic symbolic cycle called the "House of Life", in which the emotions and aspirations of life would all be represented in a universal symbolic language.
Several reverent biographies of Watts were written shortly after his death. With the emergence of Modernism, however, his reputation declined. Virginia Woolf's comic play Freshwater portrays him in a satirical manner, an approach also adopted by Wilfred Blunt, former curator of the Watts Gallery, in his irreverent 1975 biography England's Michelangelo. In his 1988 book on Ruskin, the art critic Peter Fuller emphasized Watts's spiritual and stylistic importance, also noting that late post-symbolist works such as The Sower of the Systems "stretched beyond the brink of abstraction". On the centenary of his death Veronica Franklin Gould published G.F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian, a positive study of his life and work.