At the request of a friend, I am doing a post about one of my all-time favorite artists, John William Waterhouse. Waterhouse (a British artist who painted around the turn of the century), was best known for his portraits of literary women, such as Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott and Shakespeare's Ophelia. In my opinion, no one can paint the female form like John Waterhouse! I also love that his primary female subjects are from literature, poetry, Shakespeare, mythology, Arthurian Legend, and historical figures (ie: Cleopatra).I personally have two of his prints displayed in my home. One, La Belle Dame Sans Merci hangs in my bathroom and depicts a knight bending over to kiss a woman who has her hair lovingly wrapped around his neck. The other, is titled, Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden from the Greek mythological short story about Eros the God of Love, and hangs in my guest bedroom.Waterhouse draws his women beautiful, voluptuous, earthy, sometimes tragic, and always ethereal. I love that most of them are displayed either out of doors in a garden or near the ocean or water. Most of his prints can be found on-line at Art.com or his website www.jwwaterhouse.com. Happy viewing! The art from top to bottom: The Lady of Shalott (probably his most recognized painting), La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden, Mermaid, and The Shrine.