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Photo credit: Tate

Self-Portrait 1902

Gwen John (1876–1939)


(Born Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, 22 June 1876; died Dieppe, 18 September 1939). British painter. She was the sister of Augustus John, but his complete opposite artistically, as she was in personality, living a reclusive life and favouring introspective subjects. After studying at the Slade School, 1895–8, she had lessons in Paris from Whistler, and adopted from him the delicate greyish tonality that characterizes much of her work.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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