Waterhouse has often been regarded as the artist who painted The Lady of Shalott, rather than being understood himself. Most research completed on his career had examined the paintings, the drawings, but not so much the man himself and perhaps that has contributed to this situation. He was much better known during his own lifetime but, since then, his paintings have overtaken his own reputation.

Several recent publications have aimed at redressing this balance and we have drawn on those to peer more closely into the artist's own personality and behaviour, rather than just his artwork. Added to this, the Pre-Raphaelite movement was long since considered a local, British art movement that had failed to receive international acclaim but perhaps in recent years this has started to change.

Famous Quotes by John William Waterhouse

None as yet, but further research should uncover some in the future.

Quotes on John William Waterhouse by Art Historians and other Artists

As a prominent member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, more research and opinion on Waterhouse's life and career has been formed by art historians within the UK. Recent generations have promoted this art movement and exhibitions focused on it are fairly common within some of the UK's national galleries and museums. Many of his original paintings and drawings can be sourced reasonably locally, compared to some of the other famous international artists, and interest from the public remains strong in this group of British artists.

Quotes and opinions have, therefore, been easy to find around his work from a variety of publications. We include some below, and more will be added over time. With the relative lack of direct attributable quotes from the artist himself, it made sense to at least include opinions from others.

Although one of the most popular paintings on display at Tate Britain is The Lady of Shalott, few of its numerous admirers know anything about its creator, John William Waterhouse. It is time to shed the light on the paradox of this artist, highly acclaimed and popular in his day yet long since forgotten, to allow the corpus of his work to receive, at last, the full degree of admiration and recognition that it truly deserves.

J.W. Waterhouse - The Modern Pre-Raphaelite by Elizabeth Prettejohn, Peter Trippi, Robert Upstone and Patty Wageman.

A latecomer to the movement, John William Waterhouse first embraced Pre-Raphaelitism several decades after the dissolution of the Brotherhood, combining the group's aesthetic with his own interest in classical themes. His style was critically acclaimed and he was soon elected as an associate of the Royal Academy.

The Pre-Raphaelites by Michael Robinson