Friday in the atelier: "Nerissa" by John William Godward

Please excuse the meager biography on today's Atelier offering. I'm out of town and am unable to devote the time I would like to devote to this wonderful artist, John William Godward.

The amazing works by Godward were perhaps the last of the era of classical works before critics condemened the whole of realism as being merely technical.

Modernistic critics combined with Godward's failing health until he took his own life in December of 1922, at the age of 61.

Godward was a secretive person, so it is difficult to determine much about his life. But so many people have tried. Here is a short biography. And here is a much longer dissertation on Godward's life.

Click on the picture to see it in full.

1 comment:

John said...

Godward could only paint one thing, but he was very good at that one thing. His skills at draping were among the best of the late Neoclassicists. Dolce Far Niente is my favorite from his corpus.