16 June 2010
Gwen John (1876-1939)
A woman and a young girl in a church interior
watercolour on buff paper
8½ x 6½ in. (21.6 x 16.5 cm.)
with Agnew's, London.
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London, Matthiesen, Gwen John Memorial Exhibition, 1946, number untraced.
Springfield, 1988, no. 26.
The quiet, predominantly female congregation of the Meudon church was one of Gwen John's favourite subjects. She executed many watercolours of the subject from the early 1910s until she ceased working twenty years later. She would sit unobtrusively at the back of the church sketching in pencil, adding watercolour and bodycolour later in the studio. The resultant works are both profound and intimate.
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