Augustus John: Drawn from Life - the exhibition catalogue from Salisbury Museum and Art Gallery/Poole Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Augustus John: Drawn from Life

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'Packs in around 60 of John's works, charting his evolving talent and his renowned portraits of friends, family, lovers and arts figures' - The Art Society Magazine

A richly illustrated book exploring the life and work of the artist, Augustus John

In the first three decades of the 20th century Augustus John (1878-1961) was widely considered one of the greatest living British artists, famous almost as much for his extraordinary Bohemian lifestyle as for his outstanding portraits, etchings and drawings. John was born in Wales in 1878 and educated at the Slade School of Art in London in the 1890s, where the onus of teaching was on the daily life class and a close study of the Old Masters. He soon emerged as a wonderfully gifted draughtsman - indeed, the American painter John Singer Sargent would declare that John's youthful drawings were amongst the finest seen since the Renaissance.

Dividing his life between England, Wales and France, and reaching his prime in the years immediately before the outbreak of the Great War, by 1910 John would be likened to a British Gauguin, a Welsh Post-Impressionist using bold colours and a willfully naive and primitive style to explore the complex combination of romanticism, escapism and alienation engendered by 20th-century life. 

Published to coincide with exhibitions at Poole Museum in Dorset in the summer of 2018 and at Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire in the summer of 2019, Augustus John: Drawn from Life re-examines the life and work of this significant but increasingly overlooked British artist.

Focusing on around sixty works drawn from private and public collections, including the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Wales, the book will offer new insights into John's life and development as an artist from the late 1890s to the outbreak of the Second World War.

  • Author: David Boyd Haycock
  • Paperback: 120 pages | 60 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911300359
  • Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.2 cm

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