GF Watts and the Victorian Art World

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The 70-year career of George Frederic Watts (1817–1904) reflected the general development of 19th-century art, moving through Realism and Aestheticism to Symbolism. Mark Bills, Curator of the Watts Gallery, explores the career of this celebrated painter and sculptor within the context of the Victorian art world. As a young man Watts set out to emulate the achievement of Italian artists in the fresco technique and become England’s most famous history painter. He later embraced Social Realism when, moved by the miserable poverty of the working classes, he produced a series of large-scale paintings representing the plight of the oppressed. In later life, he produced allegorical images and fantasy landscapes.

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Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500