John Waterhouse– The Award-winning Artist
John Waterhouse is the most popular and one of Britain's most talented & versatile Painters. He was from the Roman Republic and an English painter. John Waterhouse was popularly known for working in Academic style and subject matter related to the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood's style. His parents were painters from an English background. To enrol in the Royal Academy of Art, John Waterhouse moved to London. He used to make many paintings based on the author like Homer, Ovid, and many more.
The early life of John Waterhouse:
The English painter John Waterhouse was born in the city of Rome on 6th April 1849. This versatile and highly talented painter made some of the best paintings like mountains shrouded in mist, portrayed female figures, and much more oil painting. The best thing about his paintings is that the paintings were highly acclaimed and could reflect his passion for the things he sees, like places, objects, and people. Waterhouse was able to inspire the generation of art through his idealized image. His paintings were creative as each piece originated in his emotions or memory. With the in-depth sketches or drawings, he used to reconnect with memory and feelings of the idea.
After entering the Royal Academy of Art, Waterhouse studied sculpture, paintings, and much more. And many of the paintings of John Waterhouse were set in ancient Rome. And the drawings were related to the Roman methodology. John Waterhouse settled in London in 1854 in his newly built home. This popular artist came from an artist family, which encouraged him to enhance his drawing and painting skills. He made many popular sketch artworks. And these artworks are still available in the British Museum. Waterhouse used to assist his father in his studio before he entered the Royal Academy of Art.
John Waterhouse used to make paintings on a classical theme in his early life. Some of his popular paintings were exhibited in the Royal Academy summer exhibition are like Sleep and his half-brother's death. Until 1916, John Waterhouse used to exhibits all his popular paintings in an annual exhibition; soon, the size of the paintings became larger. In 1883, he married the daughter of art schoolmaster Esther Kenworthy and made many paintings during his lifetime. But while working with the series of Ophelia in 1915, he fell seriously ill with cancer and was unable to finish the series of Ophelia paintings. He died of cancer in 1917 in London.
All about John Waterhouse paintings:
John Waterhouse, in all, created one hundred and eighteen paintings in his lifetime. Some popular paintings were Gone but Not Forgotten, In the Peristyle, A Sick Child Brought into the Temple of Aesculapius, The Remorse of Emperor Nero after the Murder of his Mother, and many more. Waterhouse made paintings related to the classical themes related to Frederic Leighton & Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in his early artwork. All these paintings were exhibited in Royal Academy and were a success. Later on, John Waterhouse shifted his artwork to genre scenes. He visited Italy many times to make a painting of genre scenes. To receive his diploma, John Waterhouse submitted his Ophelia painting in The Royal Academy of Art in 1888. This Ophelia painting is now displayed in the collection, and you can still find the painting in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber. The artist was inspired by Ophelia's painting and made a series, but he could not complete the series due to his serious illness.