One of the highlights of the gallery’s 30th anniversary year is this Gwen John (1876-1939) exhibition of paintings and works on paper. Gwen John is now considered to be Wales' finest 20th century artist and one of Britain’s most important artists.
Born in Haverfordwest, the elder sister of Augustus John, she trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, and subsequently at Whistler's School in Paris. She lived and worked in France for the rest of her life, including a time spent modelling for Rodin and becoming his lover for almost ten years. Famously, Gwen John repeated her compositions and limited her range of subjects, producing quiet, close-toned paintings of great beauty and emotional intensity. Her reputation has continued to grow as her brother, Augustus John, predicted: 'Fifty years after my death, I shall be remembered as Gwen John's brother'.
There are fewer than two hundred Gwen John oil paintings in existence, many of which are in major public collections. Consequently, her oil paintings are very rarely available on the market. Given its history of specialising in Welsh art, I can’t think of a more fitting celebration of the gallery’s 30th anniversary than this exhibition of one of Wales’ most important artists.
This exhibition consists of twenty-four works, all of which are for sale.
Catalogue available £15 inc. p&p