During the autumn of 1911 and the summer of 1912, Augustus John visited North Wales with fellow artist James Dickenson Innes, where they painted the landscape together. Painting directly onto wood panels, John experimented with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist style to produce vividly coloured landscapes such as this one. The painting was mis-titled as The Blue Pool
for several years, its true title only confirmed by the artist when it was purchased by Tate.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on wood 31.6 x 40.7 cm Tate. Purchased 1932 © Estate of Augustus John / Bridgeman Images
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.