THE CAT LOVER OF ART
…..Gwen John spent her last decades living alone, in near-isolation in a dilapidated building, surrounded by her beloved cats.
Nancy G. Heller, Women Artists
Welsh artist Gwen John (1876-1939?) was inspired by the personalities and antics of her feline companions, utilizing a variety of media from the early watercolor of Cat, now at the Tate in London, to later oil portraits. Unfortunately, the subject above, a female named Edgar Quinet after John’s address in Paris, eventually abandoned her mistress, who never stopped mourning the loss.
*Women Artists: An Illustrated History by Nancy G. Heller, Abbeville Press, Publishers, New York, 1987.
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