Our latest special exhibition, Sargent, His Sisters & Their Friends, has generated a lot of interest among art lovers. This beautiful picture by Gwen John, a Welsh Artist who was active during the early 20th century, is just one of the paintings on show.
After studying at the Slade School of Art, Gwen moved to Paris to pursue a career as both artist and model. She modelled for Auguste Rodin and eventually became his lover. During her career, she produced many studies of lone women in the calm surroundings of their home, suggesting intimacy and peace but also sadness. The Convalescent is one of 11 paintings she produced on the same theme – an invalid sitting in a wicker chair, reading a book. They were painted during the period 1919 – 26, all of them seeking an emotional impact with a focus on mood and atmosphere, expressed through a muted colour scheme.
The wonderful paintings in this exhibition have been loaned to us by our partners, The Ashmolean Museum. The exhibition runs until 3rd October. See our website (broadwaymuseum.org.uk) for opening times and ticket prices – there’s no need to book.