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A Signal by John William Godward

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Beauty with a touch of intrigue distinguishes this work by John William Godward

Key Features

  • A young girl gestures with her fan in this stunning work by J. W. Godward
  • Entitled A Signal, this oil on canvas is a triumph of Neoclassical art
  • Godward's mastery of color and texture make this work a true tour-de-force
  • Signed and dated JW Godward 1918; Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 31 3/4" high x 24" wide; Frame: 52 1/2" high x 42 1/2" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C; 24; F: 42 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    C:31 3/4: F: 52 1-2 Inches
  • Period:
    Neo Classicism
  • Origin:
    Italy
  • Subject:
    Miscellaneous
  • Artist:
    Godward, John William
John William Godward
1861-1922 British

A Signal

Signed and dated "JW Godward 1918"
Oil on canvas

John William Godward is considered among the top British Neoclassical artists of his time. His career was devoted to a segment of Classicism known as the Marble School, with Greco-Roman subjects placed within elaborate settings that often centered upon marble architectural elements. His elegantly adorned beauties are depicted with a degree of technical mastery that remains unsurpassed. This particular painting entitled A Signal is a culmination of the classical elements for which Godward is world-renowned. Painted during the artist's last years in Rome, this charming oil on canvas exhibits the dramatic palette, luxurious fabrics and classical vision which all are hallmarks of his distinctive oeuvre. Godward's work is most celebrated for its implicit sensuality and masterful, naturalistic detail. Framed in a stunning giltwood frame resembling a classical temple, this painting is true tour-de-force. Godward's stunning canvases have enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years. Today, he is among the most celebrated and in-demand English artists on the market.

Raised in Wimbledon, England, Godward debuted at London's Royal Academy exhibition in 1887. By the subsequent decade the burgeoning artist was on a steady ascent to artistic success. Having fell under the influence of British Neoclassical Revivalists Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lord Frederic Leighton, and Sir Edward John Poynter, Godward quickly adopted, if not rivaled, their style. He envisioned similar scenes of the ancient world, seamlessly blending antiquity and beauty in breathtaking compositions. The sensuality and mystery of Godward's maidens, combined with his impressive antique backdrops, attracted fans across Europe and sent Godward on a rapid ascent to artistic stardom. In 1889 he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists. Ten years later Godward debuted at the Parisian Salon of 1899, where again he was heaped with praise. In the early years of the 20th century, however, Godward was faced with the painful reality that the classical world he so loved was being overshadowed by modern art movements. He moved to Rome in 1912 to surround himself with the physical remnants of the classical world, and there he stayed for the major part of his remaining career.

An almost identical work entitled A Fond Farewell, is featured on page 168 of John William Godward, The Eclipse of Classicism, Vern G. Swanson Ph.D.

Canvas: 31 3/4" high x 24" wide
Frame: 52 1/2" high x 42 1/2" wide

Literature: John William Godward, The Eclipse of Classicism, 1997, Vern G. Swanson Ph.D


Artist's Select Museums:
J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, California
Museo de Arte De Ponce, Puerto Rico
Forbes Magazine Collection
Manchester City Art Gallery
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Artist's Exhibitions:
Royal Academy, London
Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street
Royal Glasgow Institute for the Fine Arts
Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colors
Salon, Paris
Paris Exhibition Universelle (1900/1914)
Rome International (Gold Medal, 1913)

Artist's Associations:
Member of the Royal Society of British Artists
The Western Kenya Museum, Kenya

References:
John William Godward, The Eclipse of Classicism, 1998, Vern Grosvenor Swanson, Ph.D.
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
Popular 19th-Century Painting, A Dictionary of European Genre Painters, 1987, Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore
Dictionary of Artists Who Have Exhibited Works in the Principal London Exhibitions From 1760-1893, 1901/1970, Algernon Graves, F.S.A.   
Painting by William Bouguereau

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