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GWEN JOHN: WORKS FROM THE ESTATE OF THE ARTIST                FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 22, 2014
The exhibition will consist of a selection of about thirty works on paper from every period of GWEN JOHN’s career, most of them just released from the artist’s estate and never before seen. They range in date from about 1903 to 1933 and include watercolors and drawings of women and children; several studies of cats, for which Gwen John is well known; portraits of Dorelia McNeill and the poet and critic Arthur Symons; landscapes; and still lifes.

GWEN JOHN (1876 – 1939) is one of the foremost British artists of the twentieth century. Born in Wales, she was the sister of the also famous Augustus John. After studying at the Slade School in London, she spent her entire adult life in France. The celebrated collector John Quinn (1870 –1924) was her patron, and since her lifetime she has been seriously collected in America and Britain. Her work is represented in virtually every major museum in Britain, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. In America, her pictures are in such public collections as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts; the Art Institute of Chicago; and both the Yale Art Gallery and the British Art Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Works are also in public collections in Canada and Australia and at the Musée Rodin, Paris.

She and her brother were subjects of the show Augustus John and Gwen John at Tate Britain, London, 2004, which Cecily Langdale, partner in Davis & Langdale Company, co-curated. Langdale is the author of Gwen John: with a Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings, published by Yale University Press in 1987.


Petit Profil
Gouache on paper, 6 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches
Stamped (at lower left): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed during the 1920s
DLA-5948

Rear View of Standing Nun
Gouache on paper, 6 3/8 x 4 15/16 inches
Stamped (at lower left): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed during the 1920s
Private Collection
Girl with Long Hair in Blue Dress
Watercolor on paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
Stamped (at lower left): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed during the late 1910s
DLA-3174
Cat Drinking from Bowl
Pencil on paper, 4 15/16 x 6 3/8 inches
Stamped (at lower left): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed 1904-1908
DLA-3192
Woman in Railway Carriage
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 5 7/16 x 3 13/16 inches (sight)
Stamped (at lower right): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed during the late 1920s - early 1930s
DLA-5950
Faded Dahlias in a Grey Jug
Gouache and watercolor on paper, 5 13/16 x 4 3/4 inches
Stamped (at lower right): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed in 1925
Private Collection
Boy Wearing a Beret
Charcoal on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches
Stamped (at lower left): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Probably executed in the late 1910s
DLA-1894