William Clarke Wontner
British Academic Classicists Painter
Cause of Death - Old Age
Description of William Clarke Wontner Academic Classicism Style
Academicism is the painting style established by European art academies and universities. In general It is also called "academic art". In this context as new styles are embraced by academics, the new styles come to be considered academic, thus what was at one time a rebellion against academic art becomes academic art. The academic art world also worshiped Raphael, for the splendor of his work. This style is often termed "art pompier", "academism", "academicism", "classical revival", "beaux-arts classicism" and "eclecticism".
The followers of Academicism appreciated and imitated Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. This style stems from Neoclassicism, but with a distinctly original elegance. Academicism differs from Neoclassicism in subject matter as well.
About the Artist
Wontner preferred lighthearted subjects and motifs derived from classical love stories and mythological themes. His style favored playful interpretations of Greek, Roman and Renaissance narratives. He had an extraordinary way of capturing nature's tempestuous, "biological" qualities and yet, at the same time, create in the viewer an almost spiritual reaction of harmony and serenity. His brushstrokes were graceful, dramatic and spontaneous, depicting a world of magnificent splendor.
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