Friday, April 30, 2010

William Clarke Wontner - Valeria

signed 'W.Wontner' (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 x 21 in.
Price Realized £84,000

William Clarke Wontner was a portrait and classical subject painter, whose ideal heads embody the neo-classical tradition that he and fellow artist John William Godward (1861-1881) reconfigured for late 19th and early 20th Century tastes. Taking inspiration from artistic progenitors Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic, Lord Leighton, they dispensed with dense detail, and instead set their models against simple marble backgrounds, alluding to contemporary ideals of style whilst upholding classical precepts of beauty

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