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John William Godward Self Portrait
English, 1861–1922

The Elegance of John William Godward: An English Neo-Classicist Painter

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a period of significant transformation in the art world. The emergence of modern art began to eclipse many classical styles that had dominated previous decades. Among the artists who saw their work fall out of favor during this transformative period was John William Godward, an English painter known for his exquisite Neo-Classicist creations. As a protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Godward’s work was characterized by meticulous attention to detail, romantic themes, and a deep reverence for classical antiquity.

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