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AUGUSTUS JOHN

(British, 1878-1961)

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG ROMANY WOMAN

Sanguine on Hand-laid Paper

18½ x 14 Inches

Unsigned

Framed in a Period Faux Burl-Walnut and Water-Gilded Frame

 

Born in Tenby, on the Welsh coast, Augustus John first studied at the Slade School of Art in London, where, even before graduatiing, he was widely acknowledged to be the greatest draughtsman of his generation. While at the Slade, he fell under the influence of both James Abbott McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, and John came to paint portraits just as brilliantly, charmingly and revealingly as either of his teachers. He placed his technique at the service of his subject matter, and this instinct, which most modern painters scorn, is the first essential of portraiture.  From 1901 until 1904 he served as Professor of Painting at Liverpool University and from 1911 until 1914 he worked with George Inness in Wales. In 1921, he was elected an Associate Member and, in 1928, a full member of the Royal Academy. Augustus John became England's outstanding portraitist of the second quarter of the twentieth century, possessed of an uncanny ability to capture a psychologically-penetrating likeness with the barest minimum of brush-strokes. He lived a romantic and bohemian life. frequently traveling with his family and entourage in gypsy caravans. Many of his greatest portraits are of the gypsies themselves, whom he admired for their unique cultural life and their proud, and fierce, independence. We are pleased to offer this stunning example of Augustus John’s Romany portraiture dating to the first quarter of the twentieth century.

 

Reference:

Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. VII, p. 555; Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2003/4 Edition, p. 1260; The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Johnson and Greutzner, 1980 Edition, p. 270; 20th Century Painters and Sculptors, Spalding, p. 270; Artfact.com; Askart.com; et al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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