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Gwen John, 1876–1939

La Chambre sur la Cour

between 1907 and 1908
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
12 1/2 × 8 1/2 inches (31.8 × 21.6 cm), Frame: 17 3/8 × 14 1/8 × 2 inches (44.1 × 35.9 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bedroom | genre subject | silhouette
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Gwen John’s achievement as an artist was long overshadowed by both her romantic relationship with the sculptor Auguste Rodin and the fame of her brother, Augustus John (whose work is shown alongside). But Gwen John is now recognized as a finer artist than her more extroverted brother and as a major twentiethcentury painter in her own right. She left Britain for France in 1903 and lived and worked in Meudon, outside Paris, for the rest of her life. Her work appealed to Paul and Bunny Mellon for its quiet, contemplative character and fusion of both British and French influences.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)
Created by Gwen John (1876-1939), the artist; acquired by Frances Crofts Cornford (1886-1960) (née Darwin) at New English Art Club, by 1908; by descent to her daughter, Helena Henderson (1913-1996); acquired by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), by 1986; given to the Yale Center for British Art, 2014.

Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris (Pallant House Gallery, 2023-05-13 - 2023-10-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Rebecca Birrell, This dark country : women artists, still life and intimacy in the early twentieth century, Bloomsbury Circus, London, p. 253, N8354 .B57 2021 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Susan Chitty, Gwen John : 1876-1939, Hodder and Stoughton, London, p. 81, 121, 125-127, 129, 157, NJ18 J594 C55 (HAAS) [ORBIS]

Alicia Foster, Gwen John, Tate Gallery Publishing, London, 1999, p. 42, 47-49, 45, NJ18 J594 F67 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Betsy G. Fryberger, Gwen John, paintings and drawings from the collection of John Quinn & others, Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford California, 27 April until 27 June 1982 , 19, The Museum, Stanford, Calif., 1982, p. 19, 23, Cat. 2, NJ18 J594 F78 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Gwen John, Gwen John, A Retrospective Exhibition , Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1968, p. 20, NJ18 J594 A77 1968 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Cecily Langdale, Gwen John : An Interior Life, , Phaidon, London, 1985, p. 53, 83, Cat. 9, NJ18 J594 L25 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Cecily Langdale, Gwen John : With a Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1987, p. 34-37, 43, 45, 77, 137-138, No. 15, pl. 47, NJ18 J594 A12 L25 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Gwen John letters and notebooks, selected from the Gwen John papers at the National Library of Wales , London, 2004, p 42, 44, NJ18 J594 A2 2004 [ORBIS]

Sue Roe, Gwen John, a life , Chatto & Windus, London, 2001, p. 73, 83, 97-98, 103, 124, NJ18 J594 R64 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Maria Tamboukou, Nomadic narratives, visual forces, Gwen John's letters and paintings , v. 1, Peter Lang, New York, 2010, p. 112, 125, NJ18 J594 T36 2010 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mary Taubman, Gwen John, Scolar Press, London, 1985, pp. 11, 53, 111, , pl. 21, NJ18 J594 T28 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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