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A Mermaid Poster 24 x 32 inches John Waterhouse Combing Hair Art Print Mermaids

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A mermaid waterhouse poster

Item details

Condition
New
Subject
Nudes
Height
32 inches
Width
24 inches
Artist
John William Waterhouse
Date of Creation
Unknown
Year
1900
Original/ Reproduction
Reproduction
Original/Reproduction
Reproduction
Style
Pre-Raphaelite
UPC
808939143979
MPN
808939143979
Size
24x32
Color
Multi-Color

More about this item

 " A Mermaid " Poster

by John William Waterhouse

It measures 24 x 32 inches.

 

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was one of the greatest artists of his age and maintained close connections with the Royal Academy of Arts throughout his working life. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1870 and within just four years had his first painting hung at the prestigious annual Summer Exhibition.

During the early stages of his career, Waterhouse followed in the artistic footsteps of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) by paying close attention to archaeological detail and portraying everyday scenes from the Classical past.

In 1885, Waterhouse was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy following the success of St Eulalia at the Summer Exhibition of that year. This image of a martyred 12-year-old girl was the first of many paintings by Waterhouse that took the tragic fate of a woman as its subject matter.

Waterhouse's Consulting

the

Oracle,

painted a year earlier, is also important as it marks the beginning of his fascination with magic and the occult. Indeed, it was supernatural and potentially dangerous women that Waterhouse increasingly chose to paint. As his concern for conveying narrative declined, the beauty of his female subjects became the predominant focus of his works.

During his lifetime, Waterhouse was praised for the high level of craftsmanship that he exhibited in his works. His detailed rendering of different surfaces and textures no doubt stemmed from his encounters with the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the previous generation.

His contemporaries also associated his style with French art of the time. The Lady of Shalott (1888) is regarded as Waterhouse's most thorough engagement with the French naturalistic style. Waterhouse was himself an inspirational figure for younger artists and regularly taught at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1895, at the age of 46, he was promoted to the status of Royal Academician. He later submitted A Mermaid to the Royal Academy as his diploma work.