Gwen Mary John (1876 - 1939) was a Welsh painter who created mainly portraits of anonymous female sitters. She was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire - the second of four children. The John family moved to Tenby while she was in her infancy, this was where her brother Augustus was born in 1978. Augustus also became an artist as their mother had encouraged them to draw and experiment with art however she passed away when the children were still quite young. When Augustus turned 17 he attended the Slade School of Art in London and Gwen joined him there to study between the years of 1895 and 1898. At the time, the Slade was the only art school in the country that allowed women to study.
Augustus achieved great success throughout his career as he was more outgoing and charismatic than Gwen, who was much more shy. Their painting styles reflected their very different personalities, Augustus produced bold paintings with confident and expressive strokes whereas Gwen’s were carefully drawn with more consideration.
After her graduation, Gwen visited Paris for the first time and briefly worked with the highly fashionable America-born painter James Whistler and studied at his Académie Carmen. She returned to London in 1899 exhibiting her work for the first time in 1900.
In 1910 Gwen eventually moved to the Parisian suburb of Meudon where she was to continue her studies and develop her own style. It was in this suburb that she met the noted American art collector John Quinn who would later become her patron.
Gwen’s life ended in Dieppe in September 1939, the artist dying virtually unknown at the age of 63. Although her work was largely ignored at this time, her reputation has grown steadily since her death and her work is now displayed in many galleries around the world as she left behind more than two hundred paintings and approximately 1,000 sketches.
Lunch with a view 👌🏼🇫🇷. -
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Hope everyone’s had a good earth day. The main focus of this year is plastic reduction. - We use way to much plastic these days and it is annoying how everything comes in plastic, like this ^, but instead of thinking it’s too hard for you to go fully zero waste just eliminate/refuse as much as you can. Eg refuse plastic straws, use a bag for life, only by food in plastic when you have to (eg trying out a new vegan option 👀), and buy fruit/veg/pulses in bulk and not in packaging. -
Having said that, it still remains the fact that animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of global warming, ocean ‘dead zones’, species extinction, rainforest destruction, etc...which is arguably just as important if not more, so any step towards a less meat / less plastic way of life is a step in the right direction. Peace ✌🏼👊🏼😎🌱🌍
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