- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714828645
- ISBN-13: 978-0714828640
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J W Waterhouse Paperback – January 1, 1994
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His writing style was characterised by a passionionate, often wryly humourous but always very readable style.
His research discovered and brought to the public eye, paintings that hadn't been seen for a generation, paintings found in lofts and attics, and in private family collections. He met an elderly lady who had sat for Waterhouse when she was a child and recorded her memories of this event in her young life.
Along side the personal aspect of the work runs the academic thread of rigorous research into the literary themes that underpin so much of Waterhouses paintings, and the placing of all of this in context with other artists of the period and before.
My father fell in love with the sumptuous beauty and incredible technical skill of Waterhouses work. He was very aware of the power of images and spent a great deal of time working on the reproductions included in the book. What you have to realise is that this was the best that could be done at the time. Colour printing has moved on enormously since this book was published. The costs and quality are at vastly different levels to those available to authors today. He would be the first one to say that ANY black and white reproduction of this artists work could never remotely do them justice, but he worked with what was do-able and in giving a glimpse of long unappreciated paintings, he was able to start an army of fans on their way to a well-deserved re-assessment of Waterhouse.
The text is laid out well and in sequence of Waterhouse's life. I found myself compelled to read the entire book in a short time.
There are some color pictures, but they are not as vibrant as the Trippi book. Many of the pictures are black and white and some are quite small, fitting into the margins. It was frustrating to see the b&W pictures and to try to imagine what they were really supposed to look like. But if all you want is an overview and a sampling of Waterhouse's art, then this book may be more manageable than Trippi's.
Hobson makes his admiration of Waterhouse's paintings obvious. This makes the book a very enjoyable read. It is a wonderful introduction to Waterhouse's work. Hobson spends a lot of time discussing paintings--this is something that is too often forgotten in art history texts. He identifies aspects of Waterhouse's compositions that help make his paintings outstanding. He describes the literary sources of Waterhouse's subjects. He mentions the artists who influenced Waterhouse's style. The essays are clear and well-organized. Anyone who is interested in Waterhouse's work should read this book.