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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Would love to have ordered the hardcover for a coffee table book but this one does just fine for the cost and over-seas shipping it would have taken for the hardcover. Lots of information on J W Waterhouse and great pictures. It even has some of his less known works and pictures that you can't find prints for. A true keep sake and treasure for those who are interested in this artist and his time. Oh, and a few of the house guests, students, have even asked to borrow the book. First table book to have created some interesting conversations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Peter Trippi is to be commended for his beautiful new publication -- J W Waterhouse. It is a well researched text that includes Waterhouse studies, paintings and photographs not gathered together before for so many to enjoy. Peter carries forward the tradition of Anthony Hobson as he shares insights and information with all those who love the art of J W Waterhouse -- those insights and information are most appreciatively received.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well illustrated. You can learn to sense/feel what J.W. was feeling at the time of the painting. He poured all of his emotion onto the canvas and you can actually get a sense of that just from this book. I would definately recommend it to everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2006
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
A Design student of mine brought this book to my attention and I ended up giving it as a gift to an Art Historian friend who loves this period. The book is beautifully done with excellent color plates. A must for anyone who is interested in this period of art.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has beautiful prints of JW Waterhouse's paintings, and the accompanying text about the paintings is informative and interesting. This book is a must have if you're a fan of Waterhouse's paintings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2007
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is the best book I have found on J.W. Waterhouse. Not only does this book talk about the painter's life, but more importantly, each of J.W .Waterhouse's paintings are described in very full detail (eg: OPHELIA).

I was so intrigued by reading about Waterhouses' pictures, because the author of this wonderful book (ie: PETER TRIPPI) elaborated in great detail about each work of Art, by contrasting and comparing Waterhouses' paintings to other famous paintings and sculptures (eg: Bourne Jones from the 1800's, and also many famous Italian 1400-th Century Artists) .

The author has attempted, (& with great success, I may add), to show how Waterhouse was influenced by past Rapheaelite Artists and also by some of the other famous first-phase Pre-Raheaelite English Artists.

Each synopsis, of each Waterhouse painting is quite amazing and like no other interpretation that I have read on this famous late-Pre-Raphaelite Artist.

The repro-photos of Waterhouse's works are amazing, -----showing such wonderful details and colors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Peter Trippi's monograph has done what I would assume had to be very difficult to do: he has a good feel for the quiet,quiet man behind the paintings. The depth of his study helped me to verify a number of pieces of information that led me into my own research, and has continued to be my main reference as I continue my work. I recommend that this is the book to begin with if you are going to enter any serious study of John William Waterhouse; however, don't let that make you think it is only a scholar's read: it is well written, beautifully illustrated, and simply a joy to behold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

John William Waterhouse is a British painter of the Pre-Raphaelite order. This art book (published by Phaidon Press, well known for their visual art books) is a splendid collection of the artist's bountiful collection of work.

The prints of the artists' paintings in the book are big, clear, crisp and faithful to the original. ( I've seen a few of them, especially Lady Of Shalott in Tate Britain, London. )

Most of the art work are also reproduced on individual pages and not split across both, which makes for easy viewing.

I am no art historian and cannot vouch for the quality of writing in the book, but based on the quality and quantity of Waterhouse's paintings the book comes highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One of the joys of reading is learning about people, genres, machines, history, music, politics, and so on that one was not previously aware of. This review is focused on one new experience for me--the art and life of J. W. Waterhouse. I am sure that I have seen his works in one museum or another that I have visited. But I really had no background in the specific school of his art, a Victorian, pre-Raphaelite perspective. As such, this book opened a new world for me.

The book is a combination of biography and critical analysis of Waterhouse's art. I am amazed at how many blank spots there are in his biography. He lived from 1840-1917, and the book includes much speculation, for example, as to whether or not he was in Italy at a particular time. One would have thought that someone as well known (as his career developed) would have had few such blanks in his life story. That also, of course, makes this book more intriguing still. The author of this book, Peter Trippi, speculates that Waterhouse's widow, after his death, may have destroyed his records and correspondence, but I'm not sure Trippi has much conviction on that point. And, indeed, if the author is correct, we know very little about Waterhouse's wife, Esther Kenworthy Waterhouse, outside of scraps of information.

I am not an artist nor am I an expert on art, so I cannot speak with great insight about his oeuvre. But I am surely impressed with the growth and development of his art over time. Some of his best work is most affecting to me.

He begins by painting, using classical themes (e.g., "The Death of [Horatius] Cocles"), fairy tales/folklore (e.g., "Undine") , images (so the author suggests), and females (e.g., "The Slave"). As his work evolved, his art became more subtle and telling (e.g., with the classical themes, see the progression from "The Death of Cocles" to "The Remorse of Nero" and "Diogenes" and "The Favourites of the Emperor Honorius").

The next phase of his career was a major step forward in his work. Some of the major works (which I find stunning and powerful, as one juxtaposes the story with his paintings): "The Lady of Shalott," "Saint Eulalia," "Mariamne," and "Ophelia" (different versions are powerful in their own right). This review is already too long. Suffice it to say that his work continued to evolve. Section 3 focuses on "Myth, Poetry, and Nature," and contains some stunning works. And so on.

The point: This volume traces the evolution of his work. The final chapter tries to place Waterhouse in context and make some judgments about his body of work. If, like me, you are not an expert in the work of J. W. Waterhouse, this book is a wonderful resource. Even if you know quite a bit, this would appear also to be most useful, pulling many of his works into one volume while providing a sense of who he was and what his life was like. From my perspective, this is an enchanting volume.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
If you are an art lover of paintings that can take your breath away, and pulling you int it than John Waterhouse is a must for your collection. He is such a great artist and this book is so incredible you want to devour it. He is one of the greatest artists of his time that I would recommend this book because it is affordable and wonderful.

I received this book quickly and with no delays.
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