Herbert James Draper Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
11-10-1863 London, ENG – 9-22-1920 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Herbert James Draper was a painter of powerful and sexy innovative works who enjoyed considerable success around 1900. He studied art at the Royal Academy and took several educational trips to Rome and Paris between 1888 and 1892 to further his studies. He won a Royal Academy Gold Medal and a Traveling Scholarship in 1889, but he was never a member of the Academy. In the 1890s, he settled in London and worked as an illustrator.
Herbert James Draper's most productive period began in 1894. He concentrated on mythological themes from ancient Greece. His painting The Lament For Icarus won the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and was later purchased by the Tate Gallery in London. He was also responsible for the decoration of the ceiling of the Drapers' Hall in the City of London, (coincidence, but no relation to him). In later years as the public tastes changed and mythological scenes turned out to be less well received, he started to concentrate more on portraits.
During his lifetime Herbert James Draper was quite famous and a well-known portrait painter. He died at the age of 56, in his home on Abbey Road.
His artwork has been little studied, because of his superb Academic paintings, became unfashionable in the twentieth century, though there has recently been a revival of interest in his works on the art market and are now being reassessed. In 2010 his painting The Sea Maiden was sold by Christie's for the Royal Cornwall Museum for US$1.4 million, to help its finances and it generated a lot of debate about the policy of selling of artworks for this reason.
Art Movement: Victorian Classicism
He Traveled To France, Italy