Augustus John

John: Woman Smiling

1908-9
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The subject of this painting is Dorelia, the artist’s second wife. Hitherto John had been better known as a draughtsmen and opinions differed about the quality of his other work when it was first exhibited. Contemporary opinion was more sure about the merits of ‘The Smiling Woman’. It was considered John’s ‘arrival’ in painting, as definitely as he had done long ago in his drawings.
  • Artist Augustus John
  • Artwork John: Woman Smiling
  • Image size 1960 x 982 mm
  • Material Oil paint on canvas
  • Date of work 1908-9
About the artist
Augustus John was born January 1878 in Tenby, Wales. He studied at the Slade School from 1894 to 1898 where he won a scholarship and the Summer Composition Prize. After leaving school he travelled extensively around Europe, the UK and Ireland, where he painted whilst camping with gipsies and worked with Innes and Derwent Lees. His works were exhibited all over London and the rest of the UK and in later years across the USA.
  • Landscape aspect Yes
  • Artwork code N03171
   

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