Gwen John
Chloë Boughton-Leigh 1904–8

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Gwen John 1876–1939
Chloë Boughton-Leigh
Date 1904–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 584 x 381 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1925
Not on display

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Gwen John trained at the Slade School of Art in London, where her brother Augustus was also a student. She settled in Paris in 1904, working as a model, becoming Rodin's mistress and immersing herself in the artistic world of the metropolis. She lived in France for the rest of her life, exhibiting on both sides of the Channel. The portrait shown here is of a Paris friend, Chloë Boughton-Leigh. The subdued colouring, short foreground and self-absorption of the sitter create a deeply intense atmosphere. John showed it in London, at the New English Art Club.

August 2004

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