Augustus John OM
Washing Day c.1915

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Augustus John OM 1878–1961
Washing Day
Date c.1915
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 406 x 302 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Sir James Murray 1923
Not on display

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Augustus John first became well known for his drawings, usually full length studies of women of his own family or of models in striking poses. In Provence in 1910 he began to paint small oil sketches of figures and landscapes, directly in bright colours onto wooden panels. There were intended as studies for paintings, but were commercially very successful. Ocasionally, as in 'Washing Day', he used the same procedure for a domestic subject. His second wife, Dorelia, the model for his best drawings, here wears the brightly coloured clothes she designed and made herself, and which set a fashion for a 'gipsy' style of dress.

September 2004

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