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Gwen John : Art and Life in London and Paris

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'Beautifully illustrated throughout, the book breaks down the myth of the artist as a recluse and tells the story of her life, we well as painting a vivid portrait of London and Paris of her time' - The Artist

A lively, meticulously researched portrait of Gwen John

The first critical illustrated biography of this much-loved artist, locating her firmly in the art worlds of late 19th- and early 20th-century London and Paris. One of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century, Gwen John (1867-1939) made her life and work within the heady art worlds of London and Paris. This critical biography demolishes the myth of Gwen John as a recluse and situates her, brilliant, singular and assured, amid a rich cultural milieu that included James McNeill Whistler, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Maude Gonne.

Art historian, curator and novelist Alicia Foster draws on previously unpublished archival sources to explore John's many relationships with artists and writers, including her affair with Auguste Rodin, passionate friendships with Jeanne Robert Foster and Vera Oumancoff, and correspondence with, among others, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and her Slade compatriot and fellow painter Ursula Tyrwhitt. John's library, ranging from writing by her friends Rilke and Arthur Symonds to French philosophy and religious thought, is considered, as is her part in the increasing presence and visibility of women artists in the early-twentieth-century art world. From the life rooms of the Slade to the Paris salons, this is the story of an artist both devoted to her craft and deeply involved in the life and creativity of her era.

With over 120 illustrations, Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris offers a lively, meticulously researched portrait of Gwen John as a vital and utterly compelling figure in twentieth-century art history.

One of the Times' art books of 2023

  • Author: Alicia Foster
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 92 colour and 30 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: June 2023
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780500025574
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 16.3 cm

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