Monday, June 8, 2009


George Frederic Watts: Hope, originally uploaded by freeparking.

I've been reminded of this painting lately; Hope by George Frederic Watts (1897). I was lucky enough to see it in the Tate Gallery a few years ago and was immediately moved by it.

The painting was controversial in its time because it isn't a traditional image of hope-happy people excited about the future, but I think the woman's pain makes the presence of hope more meaningful.

A reviewer (Paul Barlow) said it best... "It is the hope of those who refuse to submit to despair when it beckons." That's the best definition of hope I have heard (and seen).

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