Women Reading


May Prinsep (Prayer), 1867. George Frederic Watts (British, 1817-1904).

Watts lived with the Prinsep family for over 30 years in a strange Bohemian household, where notable writers and painters were treated with reverence.

“I paint ideas, not things. I paint primarily because I have something to say, and since the gift of eloquent language has been denied to me, I use painting; my intention is not so much to paint pictures which shall please the eye, as to suggest great thoughts which shall speak to the imagination and to the heart and arouse all that is best and noblest in humanity.”