The Art: John Godward was a fertile artist. He had produced much larger stock of frames and and five children. His paintings are the speaking stock of the artworks. When the colour-loaded brush of a painter runs on a canvas, it does not remain mute. It speaks. It sings a song along with the rhythm of the colours. And when we look at such a painting, we have our choices, desires and purposes. These purposes are as varied as the number of the people seeing it. For most of the people the work of art, a painting or a sculpture, is an object to look at and get enjoyed and be pleased. But for a creative artist, a painting, or any piece of artwork, is an allegory. It is because in a painting the figures are intended to personify a variety of abstract ideas and the thinking.
The Message: If we know the story told through the painting, the imagination that a painter had in mind becomes clearer to our minds. After that the details of a painting function as a page of a book. The artists of western countries, mainly European, seem heavily preoccupied with painting the natural body of female and males. They have made the human body an important, a key building block of their art.
Godward’s choice of subject matter was more properly that of the Victorian Neo-classicist. He had kept his palette a vibrantly colourful one. No colour and no mood would escape his palette.