Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Tragedy of John William Godward

Click on image to enlarge - painting by John William Godward
Check out the absolute beauty of this erotic and wonderful painting by John William Godward. Godward was born in 1861 and died 1922 from a suicide. He was an English Pre-Raphaelite/Neo-Classicist painter and according to Wikipedia: "He was a protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema but his style of painting fell out of favour with the arrival of painters like Picasso. He committed suicide at the age of 61 and is said to have written in his suicide note that 'the world was not big enough' for him and a Picasso.
His already estranged family, who had disapproved of him becoming an artist, were ashamed of his suicide and burned his papers. No photographs of Godward are known to survive."
I actually came across this painting on Pin Up Art,
a site which has lots of fun images- commercial illustration, images from art history and Ziegfeld girls.

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