John William Waterhouse painted the artwork entitled At The Shrine in 1895. The artist initially worked in an Academic style, meaning he followed the strict rules implied by the European art academies. In fact, the painter studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art in London and had a very successful production. It was later in his career that he decided to join the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a movement that began around the year Waterhouse was born. He represented the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelites and brought the style into the XX century.
The painting At The Shrine portrays a young girl – the female figure was reoccurring in most of Waterhouse’s work – at a sacred location, also known as a shrine. On a vertical canvas, the artist depicts the moment in which his model bends down to smell a couple of small bouquets of roses in a variety of shades of pink and red. The woman is wearing a simple garment that refers to the Shakespearean era – one of the leading themes of the Pre-Raphaelites, along with ancient Greek mythology. Her long white dress drags along the ground and features dark sleeves with white details, as well as a golden rim on her neckline. She has pale white skin and dark brown long hair. With one hand, she holds up part of her skirt forming many folds and crests, which Waterhouse beautifully paints. Her other hand is clinging to a concrete shelf, as she approaches her face to the flowers.
There are two dark blue, small and round ceramic vases filled with flowers, next to some fallen petals on the shelf. To the left of the composition, a red-brown and ochre-colored construction can be seen, with areas of blue shadows, with some square columns in the style of ancient Greek architecture. The bottom left corner is the darkest in the composition, featuring some dark rose bushes with light pink flowers. The background of the painting shows a stone stairway that leads into an unknown destination. In fact, the work At The Shrine is a cropped version of a more extensive canvas, in which the to top of the stairs is visible. There are many trees painted with dark shades of green and brown, as well as highlights of the same tonalities.
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