The Victorian painter George Frederic Watts has been described with many superlatives, none really addressing the child like genius of his desire to paint ideas that profoundly affect the human condition.
Watts’ reviewers did not have the depth of character needed to understand the aim of his paintings. His purpose was to lay down on canvas some reflection of the deeply-felt experiences of his life, and to create for his viewers what he designed as a silent but powerful map to help them find their way home.
Here’s a link to one of two versions of ‘Hope’ (1886) that Watts painted, this one at the Tate UK. In a later post I will provide my own review of the work.
FROM THE ILLUMINATION STUDIO GALLERY
Fish and Fabric Series by Erin McGee Ferrell