British Art

George Frederick Watts (1817-1904)

 

'Hope'

George Frederick Watts was a symbolist painter who it might be said  painted ideas not things. He often surrounded his forms with a misty or cloudy atmosphere for the purpose of showing that they are visionary or ideal. In this example of his work painted in 1885 he portrays 'Hope' as a blindfolded woman with a broken lyre. And, although it might seem to suggest the opposite he is trying to express the popular Victorian aphorisms 'where there is life there is hope' or 'never despair'.

 

THREE OTHER PAINTINGS BY THE SAME ARTIST!