Augustus John OM


Augustus John OM, ‘Madame Suggia’ 1920–3
Madame Suggia 1920–3
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Sir William Rothenstein, ‘The Doll’s House’ 1899–1900
Sir William Rothenstein
The Doll’s House 1899–1900

Augustus Edwin John (4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom. He was the brother of the painter Gwen John.

"Augustus was celebrated first for his brilliant figure drawings, and then for a new technique of oil sketching. His work was favourably compared in London with that of Gauguin and Matisse. He then developed a style of portraiture that was imaginative and often extravagant, catching an instantaneous attitude in his subjects."

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