JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism Hardcover - click to enlarge
JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism Hardcover - click to enlarge
JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism Hardcover

JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism Hardcover
October 28, 2018 By Vern G Swanson

  • In this expanded and revised edition of a seminal work, Vern G. Swanson delves into the life and paintings of this increasingly-known classicist.
  • An important reference for anyone with an interest in the late post-Renaissance painters
  • Contains beautiful full-color reproductions of almost all known works attributed to this immensely talented artist
  • Includes the catalogue raisonne of the artist's works.
John William Godward was among the brightest stars of the late Graeco-Roman painters during classicism's twilight years. Some believe he equaled Alma-Tadema in his depiction of marble and flowers and Frederic Leighton in his depiction of drapery. However, his own reclusive nature, society's loss of interest in classical subject painting, aggressive modernist art and the efforts of his disapproving family conspired to plunge him into obscurity.

Godward's art was more than escapist; it was purposely beautiful in an age plunging headlong into atrocity. For Godward, art was not only an aesthetic exercise but also a form of therapy. Through these pictures he lived his self-contained life until melancholia, fed by ill health and increasing artistic criticism, overwhelmed his fantasy haven. A hapless victim of his own personality, unable to make his way in a hostile world, Godward ended it all.

Swanson's original edition of John William Godward introduced the life of a very private man who pushed the classical ideal further into the twentieth century than most would think possible. This revised edition contains the author's latest research - significant expansions to the text, as well as approximately 100 new pictures, many of which have only recently been attributed to Godward.

Hardcover: 344 pages Publisher: Acc Art Books (November 20, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1851499032 ISBN-13: 978-1851499038 Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 11.8 inches Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds

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