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Self Portrait

JOHN, Augustus (1878 - 1961)

Self Portrait

Date: 1913

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 61.1 x 51.3 cm

Acquired: 1940; Gift; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 158

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

An exquisite draftsman and a wonderful colourist, John's attitude to modern art was ambivalent. He admired Cèzanne, Van Gogh and Gaugin, and the oil panels he exhibited at the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea, in 1910, were hated by traditionalists. Nevertheless, John declined to be included in the Second Post Impressionist Exhibition at London in 1912-13, though he was represented in the much broader New York Armory Show in 1913. Several works were also included in An Exhibition of Works by Certain Modern Artists of Welsh Birth or Extraction, organised by the National Museum of Wales in 1913-14.

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