John William Waterhouse was a follower of the pre-Raphaelite artists and continued their interest in depicting scenes from poetry and mythology. He displayed an unerring feel for dramatic moments, combined with a fine sense of composition and superb painting technique. Producing work mainly in oils, his canvases consist of realistic and natural settings. The artist’s fascination with beautiful heroines and the femme fatale is unquestionable and he portrays themes using symbolism, vivid color schemes, and beautiful light.
Key artwork: The Lady of Shalott, 1888