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Gwen John: A Painter's Life

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A revealing, animated biography of a sexual and intellectual rebel and a great painter
In 1942, at the height of his fame, Augustus John predicted that 'fifty years from now I shall be known as the brother of Gwen John'. Gwen John (1876-1939) is indeed now recognised as a great artistic innovator, yet for years her life remained shrouded in the myth of the solitary recluse
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published December 5th 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published June 1st 2001)
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Zanna
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: portrait lovers
3.5 stars


Dorelia in a Black Dress

Augustus John said he would be remembered as the brother of Gwen John, but judging by the review excerpts on the back of Sue Roe's calmly written biography, Gwen herself has been remembered as an eccentric. My strongest impression on reading this is that folks have simply lacked the imagination to relate to an independent, passionate, driven WOMAN. Aspects of her have to be packaged into pathological components:

"she was a recluse" = she chose to live alone for mo
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Karen
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Augustus John, the very famous British artist, predicted that 50 years after his death he would be known as Gwen John's brother.

I felt much kinship to Gwen John. She was shy and yet lived and worked as an artist. This book is probably one of the best to tell of her life and art.
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May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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A quiet but intense account of a quiet but intense life. I was interested in an account of a female artist in an era when most did not gain the recognition many men did (well, that is still a problem). Her flamboyant and at the time better known artist brother Augustus John predicted that in the future he would be known as Gwen John's brother. I found myself fascinated, however, by small details such as John's precise notes as to the exact tubes of paints to use to create the look she wanted, th ...more
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