Alicia Foster Gwen John

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Gwen John

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From London in the 1890s to Paris in the early twentieth century, Gwen John's career spanned some of the most exciting periods and places in cultural history. Demolishing the myth of Gwen John (1876-1939) as a recluse, this new survey explores the art world at the center of these cities and reveals the alliances and differences the artist had with her contemporaries. John's representation of the female nude, her paintings of interiors, and the effects of her Catholic faith on her work are all considered. The author also discusses the key relationship between John's position as a woman artist and her fascination with the portrayal of the female sitter.


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Alicia Foster is an independent art historian, recently specializing in the work of Gwen John.

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Although largely ignored in her lifetime, John's work is now acclaimed by artists and art historians. This beautifully illustrated book offers an excellent study of John's life and artistic development. Langdale examines the passionate but reclusive John in a historical context that includes her acquaintances with Rodin, Picasso, and many other artists. Her research helps to explain why, despite the paring down of detail, the figural distortion, the coolness of tone, and the exaggerated plainness of the models, John's paintings emerge with contained emotion. An excellent resource, recommended for all readers interested in art. Lucy Breslin, Portland, Me.
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