The 1900s was John William Waterhouse’s most productive decade. It was really hard choosing a small number of artworks to include in my post today.
The Crystal Ball (1902)
I just love the rich color of her dress. One of the owners of this work painted over the skull – sacrilege!! – but restorers brought it back.
Echo and Narcissus (1903)
Ladies, don’t be like Echo and waste away your life waiting for a selfish dude to notice you.
The Missal (1902)
I chose this one because the inside architecture and objects are just beautiful. I love the glass circles in the window.
This painting was lost for 90 years until it showed up in a saleroom. The title is a reference to the North Wind, which is obviously bothering this lady.
The Soul of the Rose/My Sweet Rose (1908)
I think this is a nice moment, and I like the blend of human, natural, and architectural elements. The painting references two short lines from the Tennyson poem “Maud”: “And the soul of the rose went into my blood”.