Arts Everyday Living: Rediscovering Women Artists—Gwen John, The Cat Lady of Art

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…..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

Gwen John

Gwen John, Cat, 1904-1908, graphite and watercolor on paper, Tate, London, UK

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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