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Here are the commonly known facts about this painting, found online at http://www.jwwaterhouse.com

The reappearance of Waterhouse’s Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a sensation as it had been lost for 90 years. Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as: “In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils”. Since then, the picture’s whereabouts have been unknown and it was referred to as “lost” in Anthony Hobson’s 1989 biography of Waterhouse.

The painting was sold for £848,500 ($1,293,962) – the record price for a Waterhouse at the time.

After putting hundreds of hours into re-imagining this painting I have decided to offer it for sale as a limited edition print in much higher resolution for $200 Cdn. I will sell the full painting or this cropped one. This decision was made after seeing an “original” oil by someone in Vietnam for $500 a month ago. Please contact me via my website at http://www.artbyinglis.com if you are interested in purchasing a print.  I would like to connect with anyone who is doing digital restoration of any of the old masters paintings. The implications of this kind of work may be far reaching. This is very demanding work, requiring great attention to details of color and texture, so as to retain the sense of the original while removing the flaws of time.

Boreas recreated by Inglis

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Here is the full painting with the background slightly altered, but retaining Waterhouse’s impressionist brushwork. The face is re-createded to make it stronger and more sensuous. Waterhouse’s original face is washed out and fragile looking (see Boreas part Three). The oil paint is badly cracked. I reworked the upper areas of the shawl to create more of a feeling of flow and movement. Of course I left his signature intact in the lower left corner. I spent hundreds of hours on this re-creation as a labour of love, making it available for download. However, in Oct 2011 I visited a gallery in Vancouver where they have a poorly done “original oil” painted by someone in Vietnam. Its price was approximately $500. As of Nov 2011, I have decided to make this version available for sale as a high resolution archival print for $200. Please visit my online gallery at http://www.artbyinglis.com and send me an e-mail if you are interested in a print. Any size less than 48″ wide can be printed.  Link to the site on the bottom of this page.

Boreas, the North Wind, recreated by Inglis

Boreas by Waterhouse part three

Here is the new face, painstakingly recreated in Corel Painter, using mostly the blender brushes and airbrush variants. I used the lasso tool to give the face a sharper outline against the dark blue of the sleeve. Also repainted the daffodil, giving it more definition.
I gave the skin a golden tone, in contrast with the cooler blues and grays of the dress and shawl. This area of the painting gets a more detailed treatment, whereas the background remains more impressionistic, as Waterhouse originally painted it. The next post is the whole painting with all my changes. Its important to know when to stop with such a project.

Boreas re-imagined