John William Godward

Great post on the “Underpaintings blog” about Victorian artist, John William Godward, with some beautiful pictures and some info on his painting technique.  According to references in the post, Godward “would first paint the figure unclothed.  After this would dry, Godward would lay in a thick glaze the color of the fabric.  He would then paint, in a squeegee manner undoubtedly learned from his knowledge of graining, the drapery on the figure.  This allowed some places to receive thicker opaque pigmentation and other places a thinner more transparent layer.  His brush was ‘pinked’ or combed to allow for various amounts of pigmentation.  The result was marvellously (sic.) fresh, with delicate and detailed rendering of drapery ingeniously all Godward.”

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