victorian framed print of 'Hope' by Watts

victorian framed print of 'Hope' by Watts


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This is a victorian print of the Popular painting by the English painter George Frederic Watts.

Hope is a Symbolist oil painting . Watts completed the first two versions in 1886. Radically different from previous treatments of the subject, it shows a lone blindfolded female figure sitting on a globe, playing a lyre that has only a single string remaining. The background is almost blank, its only visible feature a single star. Watts intentionally used symbolism not traditionally associated with hope to make the painting's meaning ambiguous. While his use of colour in Hope was greatly admired, at the time of its exhibition many critics disliked the painting. Hope proved popular with the Aesthetic Movement, who considered beauty the primary purpose of art and were unconcerned by the ambiguity of its message. Reproductions in platinotype, and later cheap carbon prints, soon began to be sold.

It has an ethereal quality and captures the Gothic mood of the victorian imagination. The Victorian frame is rather special too- gloss black and chunky . The print is behind glass.