Talk:George Frederic Watts

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In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, he says that the painting of Hope by GF Watts changed his life. I suppose that is notable to mention instances of when something like this has inspired someone but I can't think of how to do it right now. [1]--Aspro (talk) 17:58, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

He's not the first. Henrietta Barnett tells the story of several people who said the same thing, as did Watts himself. I discuss it in this article I wrote some years ago. [2] Maybe we should create a page on the painting. Paul B (talk) 18:15, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
I'm thinking that an article on a single painting might read too much like an essay (unless such a painting has had a very eventful history as well) . Yet the power to inspire, that some artworks possess, is very notable -or so I think. In the first instance therefore, I definitely think that the power of this image of 'Hope' needs its own paragraph or section in this same article. It would probably benefit from a few psychological explanations behind this quality. Although some might say: it's real power is ineffable.
After a (very) quick look around WP, I can't see any article where this phenomena inherent in some artworks is discussed (with the possible exception of Visual Communication), so some such article along these lines is something to consider. However, I don't know enough about Watts to be able to contribute much. (Interesting article of yours by the way).--Aspro (talk) 20:09, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

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The middle one, a selfportrait, seems particularly useful. Dcoetzee 13:52, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Third copy of the "Physical Energy" statue:[edit]

In addition to the two copies mentioned in the Wikipedia article, a third used to be displayed in Harare, Zimbabwe (formerly Salisbury, Rhodesia) towards the south-west corner of the space bounded by the Courtauld Theatre, the College of Music, the Museum of Human Sciences and the Harare City Library.

If I remember correctly, it was, like the copy in Cape Town, dedicated to "the genius of Cecil Rhodes". It was removed from public display after independence and, as far as I know, is in storage somewhere.

Nat (talk) 20:46, 6 October 2013 (UTC)