Last week I shared a painting by Sir John Everett Millais called “Afternoon Tea”. I have heard the term “Pre-Raphaelite” before but didn’t really understand what that meant. But last week I read about the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and the movement. Turns out I have been attracted to this style of painting before! I love the detail, the narrative style. I adore the glorious fabrics.
“I am half-sick of shadows, said the Lady of Shalott” by JW Waterhouse 1916
I saw this painting in Toronto this summer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I loved the detail and the narrative within the painting. But only as I start to do research to I discover that Lady of Shalott is actually from a poem called “The Lady of Shalott” by Lord Alfred Tennyson. This poem inspired a number of the Pre-Raphaelites, including JW Waterhouse. You can see from the dates that Waterhouse came back to this poem to explore the different stages of her curse.
The Lady of Shalott looking at Lancelot, 1894
The Lady of Shalott, 1888