John William Godward, ‘Idle Moments’, ca. 19,  M.S. Rau Antiques

A classical beauty is captured in a moment of idle reflection in this stunning oil on canvas by John William Godward. Celebrated as one of the most important classical painters at the turn of the century, Godward's career was devoted to a segment of Classicism known as the Marble School, with Greco-Roman subjects placed within elaborate architectural settings. His elegant subjects are depicted with a degree of technical mastery that remains unsurpassed.

Signature: Signed and dated "J.W. Godward / 1895" (upper right)

J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, California
Museo de Arte De Ponce, Puerto Rico
Forbes Magazine Collection
Manchester City Art Gallery
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

John William Godward, The Eclipse of Classicism, Vern G. Swanson Ph.D, 1997, page 191

With Thomas McLean, London, by 6 November 1895
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 1 July 1975, lot 88
Cooling Gallery, London
Mr. Koihi, Tokyo, 1975

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