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Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)
Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)

Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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In 1903 the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers asked Rodin to design a bronze memorial to James McNeill Whistler. Rodin's model was Gwen John, who became his lover while the monument was under way. It was never completed, although a full-scale plaster and several smaller studies survive. This is a modern cast from a plaster head of about 1906 in the Musee Rodin in Paris.

National Museum Cardiff

Title

Head of Gwen John (1876–1939) (Head of Whistler's Muse) / Pen Gwen John (1876–1939) (Pen Awen Whistler)

Date

1904

Medium

bronze

Measurements

H 35 x W 26 x D 20 cm;
Plinth: H (?) x W 11.1 x D 13.1 cm

Accession number

A 143

Acquisition method

purchased from Bruton Gallery, 1989

Work type

Bust

Signature/marks description

left-hand-side of neck: A Rodin No 4/8

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