Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris

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Oct 21, 2023 at 10:00 amApr 14, 2024 at 5:00 pm

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“A fascinating show reveals John’s radical side”
Mark Hudson, The Independent

“One of my shows of the year. John emerges as a soulful, inventive, brilliant presence.”
Waldemar Januszczak, The Times

Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris will bring together paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketches to chronologically trace Gwen John’s 40-year career. The exhibition will place her art in relation to the two cities where she chose to live and work: from her early years at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and subsequent training under James Abbott McNeill Whistler at the Académie Carmen in Paris, to her permanent move to Paris in 1904 and the life she built as an artist there.

The exhibition will draw on new research into John’s connections to her contemporaries, dispelling the myth that the artist was an eccentric recluse. It will also explore the relationship of her work to that of her brother, Augustus John, and Auguste Rodin – with whom she had a ten-year affair.

Curated by Dr Alicia Foster, in partnership with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and the Holburne Museum.

Exhibition sponsored by:

Learning sponsor:




With additional support from:

Thomas Gibson Esq and those
who wish to remain anonymous

Holburne Director’s Circle,
Patrons and Friends

Official Paint Partner

Cerullian Blue

Image Credit: Gwen John (1876–1939), A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris (detail), oil on canvas, 1907–09, © Sheffield Museums Trust


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