John William Godward was a neo-classical period artist who was born in 1861 in Wimbledon. He was influenced by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. He is known as a pre-raphaelite era artist whose style was influenced by Picasso. His father was a clerk and his family was completely against his interest towards becoming an artist. He was the eldest child in his family. He left his home to pursue his career in art. At the age of 61, John committed suicide.
- He followed Neo-classical painting style which included classical architectures and unique landscape features.John was inclined more towards the principles of Frederic Leighton.
- Most of his works outline women in traditional dresses with static landscape backgrounds. His famous work is Dolce far Niente (1904).
- “A Beauty in Profile“, “Waiting for the Dance“, “A Pompeian Lady“, “Flowers Of Venus“, “Girl In Yellow Drapery“, “A Cool Retreat“, “The Tambourine Girl” and “Flabellifera” are the notable paintings of John Godward.