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Before There Were Scruffy, Revolutionary Artists

 

John William Waterhouse

LYDIA SHERMAN posts photographs of Victorian artists. She writes:

I am placing a painting [next to] the photograph of the artist to show the dignity of these artists and the subjects that they admired enough to paint. I like the contrasts of the women’s soft, feminine appearance, and the artists rugged, yet neat and orderly; dignified masculine demeanor.

I remember once seeing a photograph of Whistler and being struck by how elegantly dressed he was. Any good artist is an aristocrat, even when living in poverty.

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