George Frederic Watts

1817–1904

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George Frederic Watts, ‘Self-Portrait’ 1864
George Frederic Watts
Self-Portrait 1864

George Frederic Watts OM RA (London 23 February 1817 – 1 July 1904) was an English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He said "I paint ideas, not things." Watts became famous in his lifetime for his allegorical works, such as Hope and Love and Life. These paintings were intended to form part of an epic symbolic cycle called the "House of Life", in which the emotions and aspirations of life would all be represented in a universal symbolic language.

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