Augustus John was born in Tenby, Wales in 1878. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London 1894-99 under Henry Tonks and Frederick Brown and in 1898 won the Slade Prize with 'Moses and the Brazen Serpent'. John was considered by many to be the most talented artist of his generation. He had an exceptional gift for drawing and by the early 1900s had become the most famous British artist of the day. By the 1920s he was Britain's leading portrait painter and although his portraits were often controversial he was inundated with commissions. John spent extended periods of time in the south of France and the work he produced during these visits is more vibrant in colour. He was a prolific artist, producing a vast amount of work; favourite subjects included coastal landscapes, gypsies and his family.
Corner Veille Franche
oil on canvas
53.4 x 72.5 cm stretcher; 74.0 x 93.0 x 6.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., brown paint "John". Not dated.
Not on display
© Augustus John/The Bridgeman Art Library
Shown in 2 exhibitions
David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from David Jones Art Gallery 1946. Purchased from the 'London Group Exhibition' 18 March - 2 April 1946.
Referenced in 3 publications
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 96 (illus.).
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 112. cat.no. 1141
Sydney Ure Smith, Australian National Journal, Sydney, Mar 1946, 44.