Friday, June 22, 2012

A few portraits of women by Welch-born Gwen John 1876-1939

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Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) A Seated Girl

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.

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) A Seated Woman

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.

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl in a Green Dress

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."

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl in Blue Dress Holding a Piece of Sewing

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl in Blue Dress

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl in Mulberry Dress

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl in Profile

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl with a Bow before a Pink Background

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Chloe Boughton-Leigh

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Mere Poussepin at a Table

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Nude Girl

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Mere Poussepin

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) The Convalescent

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Woman Holding a Flower

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Woman in Profile

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Young Woman in a Red Shawl


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939)  Chloe Boughton-Leigh 1904-08


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939)  The Precious Book


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) A Lady Reading


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Dorelia


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Girl with Bare Shoulders


Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Pilgrim

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Self Portrait c 1900

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Self Portrait with Letter

Gwen John (British painter, 1876-1939) Self Portrait
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