Gwen John (1876–1939) has long been overshadowed by the larger-than-life personality of her brother, fellow painter Augustus John. But in recent years, she has ousted him from the limelight, fulfilling his prediction that ‘in fifty years’ time, I will be known as the brother of Gwen John’. Her portraits of unknown women sitting in quiet, unassuming interiors are charged with an introspective intensity that attests to her perfectionist, personal vision. She did not associate herself with any group or movement but was passionately independent, pursuing her own artistic aims with deep sincerity.
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