Saturday, February 11, 2012
New Enchantment: John William Waterhouse
I was just on my way out from my cousin's place the other day when my eyes grazed the cover of a John William Waterhouse book. A carpenter/sculpture by trade living with his painter/illustrator girlfriend, these folks have good taste. How I had not discovered the breadth of Waterhouse's work before, I am unsure but I have voraciously researched the subject since this revelation! The book was a great place to start, Phaidon has proved time and time again to be a stellar publisher of all things beautiful (and sometimes edible too). A Pre-Raphaelite, some argue Neo-Classical painter, Waterhouse captures mytical, mystical scenes with all my favorite personages - Cleopatra, mermaids, Greek goddesses, and more. The Brit's works are sometimes romantic, often a touch creepy but always beautiful. I will let the art speak for itself now.