Friday, 31 January 2014

'King of Bohemia'

How are you?

A while back I did a post on Andrew Vicari, 'King of Painters, Painter of Kings' one of my favourite artists. At the end of that post, I mentioned that I definitely wanted to talk to you more about Augustus John, an amazing bohemian artist that sat for Vicari and so I thought, why not today?!

 Augustus John (1878-1961) was a welsh painter from Tenby, Pembrokeshire. He attened the Slade School of Art just like Vicari and also studied with his talented sister Gwen John. While associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group he remained a largely independent artist; refusing to conform to the artistic trends and movements of his time. By the 1920s he was the leading portrait artist of his day with an incredible ability to capture emotion in his work. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1928 with a reputation strengthened by his fascination with Romany culture. 

Here are just a few of Augustus Johns works:

David and Dorelia in Normandy

Dorelia with a feathered hat

The Blue pool

The right honourable David Llyod George

Landscape with level crossing


Dorothy Rose Burns

You can view more of Augustus Johns works online here

What do you think of Augustus Johns portraits?

Thanks so much for reading,
Until next time,


  1. Thanks for the introduction to Augustus John! I really love 'Dorelia with a feathered hat'. The flat black shapes of the clothing against the more modeled face is so moody and beautiful.

    1. ah I definitely agree, it's so beautiful.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely, insightful comment,
      L xo


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