John William Godward (1861-1922). Reverie. Signed and dated 1888. Oil on panel. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. The Maas Gallery, London.

"This is an early work from a model Godward used more than once. Godward was in his element painting fabrics and marble, and of course women in togas. These were in vogue well into the twentieth century, but after th First World War his neo-classical subject matter fell out of favour. Nonetheless he steadfastly continued, distancing himself from the reality if war and the relentless march of modernism in his fantasy of a perfectly beautiful ancient world. Before his death in 1922 he is said to have written that "the world is not big enough both for him and a Picasso." — Rupert Maas, p. 9.

References

The Maas Gallery. Exhibition catalogue. London, 2007. No. 6.

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