Gwen John
Young Woman Holding a Black Cat c.1920–5

Artwork details

Gwen John 1876–1939
Young Woman Holding a Black Cat
Date c.1920–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 460 x 298 x 17 mm
frame: 695 x 550 x 102 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1946
Not on display

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Gwen John made numerous versions of this painting, some nearly identical and others with differing poses or costumes. The sitter was a neighbour of John's in Meudon, near Paris. Although she was the artist's most frequently used model, she is rarely mentioned in John's correspondence, and her name is unknown. She is sometimes referred to as 'the Convalescent' after the series of paintings of that name for which she posed, one of which hangs nearby.

September 2004

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