Originally published in 2004. Once the most popular Victorian artist, G. F. Watts was also a complex and elusive figure. Influenced by evolutionary theory, he reinterpreted the tradition of the classical body, while his philanthropic and educational interests informed projects for a more affective public art. This book is the first modern account of the full range of Watts's different artistic interests and practices. Offering fresh approaches to his historical, allegorical and mythological paintings, it also traces his increasingly radical approach to portraiture and sculpture and examines the institutional and biographical factors behind his immense public profile. Together the essays present a comprehensive analysis of Watts's work and his vital relationship to the intellectual, cultural and social forces of his time.

chapter |25 pages

Introduction: Generations of Watts

ByColin Trodd, Stephanie Brown

part I|80 pages

Transfiguring the Wattsian body

part II|77 pages

Determining the Wattsian space

chapter 7|17 pages

Illuminating experience: Watts and the subject of portraiture

ByColin Trodd

chapter 8|16 pages

Watts and the National Gallery of British Art

ByAlison Smith

chapter 9|15 pages

Watts, women, philanthropy and the home arts

ByShelagh Wilson