Portrait of a Girl in Grey by Gwen John A5 postcard

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21 x 14.8 cm

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A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring Portrait of a Girl in Grey by Gwen John part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This is one of a series of four similar paintings of a woman in a grey-blue cloak looking out to the left. The sitter is unknown, although she appeared in nearly fifty of Gwen John’s paintings – almost half of her paintings of women – between about 1915 and 1925.

John mentioned her in letters on a few occasions, but did so dismissively, referring to her as ‘just a neighbour’. The four variants of this painting are almost identical apart from slight differences in the position of the hands.

Gwendolen Mary John (22 June 1876 – 18 September 1939) was a Welsh artist who worked in France for most of her career. Her paintings, mainly portraits of anonymous female sitters. Although she was overshadowed during her lifetime by her brother Augustus John and her lover Auguste Rodin, her reputation has grown steadily since her death.