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George Frederick Watts

George Frederick Watts

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173 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #6015
In 18th century England, industrialization had already made great progress and shaped the social structure. The bourgeoisie had become differentiated and consequently a self-confident and independent artistic scene. Artists like Turner had adopted the styles of the continent and given their own form. This development continued in the 19th century. The unconditional joy of the technical development and the dynamics that had been taking place throughout the century had changed. George Friedrich Watt's development as an artist fell into an era when the lightness of Impressionism and the naturalistic representations had come to an end. In England, a counter movement developed, which joined Watts. Symbolism wanted to build on earlier epochs in which mystical-religious themes determined the image design. The imagery became symbolic and the viewer was asked to understand the symbols in order to interpret the complete work.

"I paint ideas and not things," said George Friedrich Watts about his works, aiming for a representation of emotions and the aspirations of life in a universal and symbolic imagery. Watts preferred allegories and these made him famous during his lifetime. Some representations are abstract. The Sower ofthe system shows a representation of God, which consists of a veil of stars and. Visible is the influence of the emerging romanticism. However, while the romantics convey a positive basic mood, the symbolists tend to have a pessimistic mood. Among his fellow artists, Watts was considered a great talent and received great respect. Paintings from which shone a light, that took the canvas over the entire surface and included the shadows, made Maler look up at Watts almost reverently. The painter creates large canvases in a splendor of colors reminiscent of the ancient masters of Italy. Works of Michelangelo had impressed Wattes strongly and he would like to have established this art in his native England. Unfortunately, Watts lacked financial resources and he did not consider himself sufficiently talented.

George Friedrich Watts effect on others and his self-assessment are ambivalent. Contemporaries write the painter as charismatic and pleasant. He had the reputation of a genius and was a welcome participant in the literary salons of the Little-Holland-House. The household of the Prinsep family has been Watts home for a long time. A three-day visit was a stay of three years. The artist received the status of a family member and had a familiar relationship with the family. Especially a sister of Sara Prinsep caused deep feelings in him. Watts drew a portrait of Virginia that could not have made the beauty of the woman more graceful. Although Virginia returned the artist's feelings and was a regular guest at his studio, Watt did not reveal herself to her. Too bad was the assessment of his own person. Fate continued the way cruelly. A second portrait was in the studio, and visiting a viscount made the guest fall in love with Virginia, make her application, and finally marry. © Meisterdrucke


Study for a circular ceiling dec...
Undated | pen and brown ink and graphite

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Study for a circular ceiling dec...
0 | pen and brown ink and graphite

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Fata Morgana
Undated | engraving

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undatiert | Oil on canvas

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Mr E Burne-Jones, ARA
1893 | lithograph

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Mr E Burne-Jones, ARA
1893 | lithograph

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