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This is the attic of 87 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris where Gwen John lived between 1907 and 1909. It is a moment captured in time; the book on the table is open, the window ajar and the coat thrown over the wicker chair. Sun floods in from the open window, drawing the eye beyond the room to the world outside. The artist seems present even though unseen. John was very proud of her surroundings, writing, ‘I must tell you.
oil on canvas
H 31.2 x W 24.8 cm
NMW A 3397
purchased with the assistance of the Derek Williams Trust and the estate of Mrs J. Green, 1995