Friday Picture: Gwen John


When I was in Birmingham this week I managed to grab twenty minutes to take a quick look around the city’s Art Gallery. Not a great deal of time, but just enough to see this Gwen John painting. Like so many of her portraits of women, this one is withdrawn and lost in thought. But what’s most striking is the hazy effect, as if you’re looking at her through a mist or semi-opaque curtain. Lovely.


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