Gwendolen Mary John (1876 – 1939) was a Welsh artist who worked in France for most of her career. She is noted for her still lifes & for her portraits, especially of anonymous female sitters. John was an artist's model for (later the lover of) sculptor Auguste Rodin.
John's earliest surviving work dates from her 19th year. From 1895 to 1898, she studied at the Slade School of Art, where her younger brother, Augustus, had begun his studies in 1894. Though she was once overshadowed by her popular artist brother, Augustus himself predicted, "In 50 years' time I will be known as the brother of Gwen John." He was right.
Her portraits of women (usually of anonymous sitters) favored a seated 3/4 length format, with hands folded in laps. One of her models, Jeanne Foster, wrote of John, "She takes down my hair and does it like her own ... she has me sit as she does, and I feel the absorption of her personality as I sit."