For The Only One
Original Paintings of Wales
ARTIST: GWENDOLINE (GWEN) MARY JOHN (1876 – 1939)
TITLE: Portrait of David Jones’ Mother aged 16
APPROXIMATE SIZE: 195mm x 145mm 7 11/16” x 5 11/16”
Picture Overall: 276mm x 226mm 10 7/8” x 8 7/8”
Frame / Mount: Framed without mount in an ornate gilt frame
damage to lower corners (see image above)
ANNOTATIONS: A note verso explains the origins of the painting
This painting came from a house clearance in West Wales.
Gwendoline (Gwen) Mary John (22nd June 1876 at Haverfordwest -18th September 1939 at Dieppe, France, aged 63) – Watercolour – Portrait of David Jones’ Mother aged 16. Gwen John was a friend of ‘Granny Rose’. (see note verso)
Gwen John was known as a portrait painter.
She studied at The Slade School in London where she won the Melvill Nettleship Prize for figure composition in 1897.
Later she went to The Whistler School in Paris.
She is said to have had an affair with Rodin the sculptor.
The Tate’s biography describes Gwen John as a Welsh artist who worked in France for most of her career. Her paintings are usually of anonymous female subjects rendered in closely related tones.
She was somewhat overshadowed by her infamous brother Augustus Edwin John during her life but has grown considerably since her death.
She exhibited between 1900 and 1926 – records show some of her exhibits:
Carfax & Co Galleries 3
Chenil and New Chenil Galleries 48
New English Art Club 12
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