As with some of the other works of his, Waterhouse concentrates on the plight of a tragic and beautiful female. In the Lady of Shalott Waterhouse produces a composition resonant of despair and isolation. This balance allows Waterhouse to paint the very long boat in total, without the painting getting one sided.
The autumnal and warm color palette utilized by the artist is actually reflective on the fact and the poem that the Lady of Shalott is actually intending to die. The autumnal sensation of this particular painting is actually taken by the minimal cast light Waterhouse produces. As this image is actually outdoors, the artist utilizes natural light to preserve realism in what might have normally turned into an otherworldly scene.
The deep woodland as well as sky likewise add another suppressive component to the disposition of the slice, further contributing to the thought of a female suppressed. Candles on the boat, 2 of which are actually out, symbolize that the conclusion of the Lady’s living is actually near.
The entire absence of others from this composition additionally underlines the loneliness of the Lady of Shalott, as well as the reality that her death is currently unavoidable. The Lady is actually displayed intending to forget about the chain and that moors the boat, symbolic of the release of her from the tower.