Gwen John (1876 − 1939)

Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, sister of Augustus John, Gwen John studied at the Slade School of Art at the same time as her younger and more glamorous brother. Though she shared living quarters with him, she shared almost no other qualities with him, apart from her passionate pursuit of art. Quiet and reticent where Augustus was loud and ebullient, she first visited Paris in l898, studying under Whistler, and moved there in 1904, where she modelled for Rodin. For the next ten years she had a passionate attachment to him, moving finally to the Parisian suburb of Meudon in 1911, close to his country home. She led an increasingly penurious and solitary life despite the patronage of the American collector John Quinn; her last years were spent as a virtual recluse. 'As to whether I have anything worth expressing that is apart from the question.' she commented about her art, ' I may never have anything to express, except this desire for a more interior life”.

Further reading:
Cecily Langdale, Gwen John, Yale University Press, London and New Haven 1987

Work Themes (2)

Past exhibitions

MY CHOICE WORKS SELECTED BY PAULA REGO FROM THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION

  • 2011
    • Portugal, Coimbra, Univesidade de Coimbra, Casa de Caldeiras
    • Portugal, Edp Foundation
    • Portugal, Cascais, Casa Das Historias

THRESHOLDS

  • 2012
    • Macedonia, Skopje, Museum Of Contemporary Art
    • Malta, Valletta, St James Cavalier Centre For Creativity
  • 2010
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

ANGELS IN THE STUDIO: THE WOMEN OF THE SLADE

  • 2005
    • UK, Bedford, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery

PASTEL SOCIETY CENTENARY EXHIBITION

  • 2000
    • UK, London, Mall Galleries

DRAWING DISTINCTIONS

  • 2003
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
  • 2001
    • UK, Nottingham, Castle Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Gallery
    • Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Russia, Moscow, Pushkin Museum Of Fine Arts
  • 2000
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Hermitage
    • Canada, Yukon Art Gallery
    • Canada, Prairie Art Gallery
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 1999
    • Canada, Timmins Museum And N E C
    • Canada, Arcadia University Art Gallery
  • 1998
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery
    • Malaysia, Penang, Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
  • 1997
    • USA, Phoenix, Arizona State University Art Museum
    • USA, Berkeley, University Art Museum

WEU PRESIDENCY EXHIBITIONS

  • 1995
    • Belgium, Brussels, Western European Union

DRAWING ON THESE SHORES

  • 1994
    • UK, Brighton, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
    • UK, Bath, Holburne Museum
    • UK, Ipswich, Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansions
  • 1993
    • UK, Preston, Harris Museum And Art Gallery

PASSIONATE VISIONS: GWEN JOHN AND AUGUSTUS JOHN

  • 1991
    • Wales, Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

FOR A WIDER WORLD

  • 1991
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, Cyril Methodius Foundation
    • Belgium, Luxembourg, Musee National D'histoire Et D'art
  • 1990
    • Ussr, Kiev, Ukrainian Museum Of Fine Art

BRITISH DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS FROM ROWLANDSON TO RILEY

  • 1982
    • Scotland, Edinburgh, The Royal Scottish Academy
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum Of Art
    • China, Shenyang, Shenyang Art Gallery
    • China, Beijing, China Art Gallery

AGUARELAS E DESENHOS INGLSES DO SECULO VINTE

  • 1955
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Secretariado Nacional Da Informacao

BRITISH DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS OF THE 20TH CENTURY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL

  • 1980
    • Germany, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Stadtische Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Weimar, Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Leipzig, Altes Rathaus
    • Germany, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • 1978
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, Kinsky Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Ceske Budejovice, Ceske Budejovice
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovak National Gallery
  • 1977
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Germany, Berlin, Neue Berliner Galerie
  • 1976
    • Hungary, Budapest, National Gallery
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, National Gallery
  • 1975
    • France, Bourges, Maison De La Culture
  • 1974
    • Korea, Seoul, National Museum Of Contemporary Art
  • 1973
    • Japan, Tokyo, Tokyo
    • Japan, Sendai, Sendai
    • Japan, Yokohama, Yokohama
    • Japan, Nagano, Nagano
  • 1969
    • Chile, Chile
  • 1968
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, British Council Office - Buenos Aires
  • 1966
    • Algeria, Algiers, British Council Office - Algiers
  • 1965
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Art Gallery
  • 1964
    • Lebanon, Sursock Museum
  • 1963
    • Gibraltar, Calpe Institute
    • Malta, Valletta, Malta Society Of Arts
  • 1962
    • Greece, Athens, Centre Of Letters And Fine Arts Of The Ministry Of Education
  • 1961
    • Finland, Finland
  • 1960
    • Austria, Vienna, British Council Office - Vienna
  • 1958
    • Belgium, Belgium
  • 1955
    • Canada, Canada
    • Portugal, Coimbra, Museu Da Nacional Machado De Castro
    • Portugal, Porto, Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Lisbon
  • 1954
    • Israel, Haifa, Museum Of Modern Art
    • Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 1953
    • New Zealand, Palmerston, The Science Centre And Manawatu Museum
    • New Zealand, Wanganni
    • New Zealand, Nelson, Suter Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Auckland, Aukland City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Napier, Napier
    • New Zealand, Christchurch, Robert Mcdougall Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • 1952
    • Spain, Madrid, British Institute
    • Spain, Barcelona, British Institute
    • Germany, Heidelberg, Kurpfalzisches Museum
    • Germany, Mannheim, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Konstanz, Europahaus
  • 1951
    • Germany, Dortmund, Museum Am Ostwall
    • Germany, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Munich, Amerika Haus
    • Germany, Wiesbaden, Landesmuseum
    • Germany, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH DRAWINGS

  • 1949
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Victoria, Victoria
  • 1948
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada
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