Classified as both classical and pre-rafaelite, John William Waterhouse has been called the greatest of both depicting beautiful subjects of mythology, legend and poetry (favoring Keats, Homer and Tennyson). A big influence on younger artists, most of Waterhouse's paintings depict romantic images of fatal beauties with desperate or wistful expressions on their pale faces. His love for his home country of Italy is also shown in many of his works. Waterhouse had a facination with the "femme fatale" and if men appeared at all in any of his paintings, it was usually as a sufferer or as a victim of one of his fatal beauties. Waterhouse painted over 300 pictures and studies as well as many sketches before he died in 1917.
'The Works of John William Waterhouse' is a site dedicated to the artist and his paintings. It currently contains 94 paintings, 21 studies, and 8 portraits by Waterhouse with more to come. Each painting has it's own individual page with details and the story behind it. There is a section about the beautiful models that Waterhouse used for the majority of his paintings and a section displaying works by other painters with styles similar to Waterhouse's. Available also are links to sites where you can purchase prints of the paintings and coming shortly, a page where you you can get screensavers and themes. Please take the time to vote for your favorite Waterhouse painting on the web poll and don't forget to sign the guestbook as well. Enjoy!