- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; New Ed edition (March 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780714845180
- ISBN-13: 978-0714845180
- ASIN: 0714845183
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J.W. Waterhouse Paperback – March 1, 2005
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The book is laid out beautifully so that even if you never read the whole thing, you can enjoy it. The paintings are displayed in full color and many of them cover a whole page. Sketches and other art by Waterhouse's contemporaries as well as art that he was inspired by are also included.
The book is laid out like an illustrated biography. Starting from birth to death, Trippi shows Waterhouse's life by his paintings and sketches since very few written documents of his life survive. Each chapter shows an era in his life and how he changed over the years by style and technique. Trippi explains much of the background of the paintings and mentions artwork still missing as well as other mysteries of Waterhouse's life. This is skillfully told including all the elements you want when getting to know an artist; his life, color pictures, inspirations, contemporaries, techniques and more.
I loved reading through this and at the end felt a heightened respect for the artist. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about Waterhouse.
What is modern about his work? it is the handling of paint, the looseness of many passages is a stark contrast to the original Pre-Raphaelite school, and their painstaking fidelity to nature. The subjects and visions transport us to an ancient world, but the technique reflects the awareness that a new era and esthetic sensibility had arrived. I recommend this highly to those who are enchanted by the mysterious and melancholy beauty of the women he portrayed, and also those who are curious about the evolution of representational art in the early 20th century.
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.
I loaned out this book from a library with the intention of scanning a few good pictures to learn from. I ended up marking up for scanning dozens of them that were too good to pass up. So I decide to purchase my own copy of the book instead.
If you are artistically oriented, this book will give you hours and hours of enjoyment, and if you spend time to read the text, which is well researched, well written and prodigiously informative, you will as soon become an authority of sorts on J. W. Waterhouse.