Gwen John
Self-Portrait 1902

Artwork details

Artist
Gwen John 1876–1939
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1902
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 448 x 349 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1942
Reference
N05366
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

Display caption

Gwen John trained at the Slade School of Art in London. As a woman in a career still largely dominated by men, including her successful brother Augustus, Gwen had to struggle for recognition. It has been suggested that the self-scrutinising intensity of this image, and the isolation of the figure, registers this, but the figure retains its privacy. In recent years, her reputation has grown and now eclipses that of Augustus.

February 2016

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