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ID number:  BIRBI-76.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  John, Gwen (1876-1939)
Title / Object name:  Mère Poussepin
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  France
Culture:  British
Date made:  about 1915/20
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  60.5 x 45.3 cm unframed; 78 x 61 x 7 cm framed
Provenance:  Purchased by the Barber Institute from the Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Gwen John exhibition, March 1976 (No. 7)

Gwen John, sister of Augustus John, lived mostly in France, and became a devout Roman Catholic. This delicate and colouristically typical picture is one of several versions of the subject which she painted between about 1915 and 1925. It is based on a prayer-card image of the saintly nun who in 1684 founded the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. In later life the artist spent much time at the convent in Meudon.

Notes:  Exhibitions: 'Augustus and Gwen John', Tate Britain and the National Museum of Wales, 2004; 'Reunited: Gwen John, Mere Poussepin and the Catjolic Church', The Barber Institute, June - 21 September 2008

1 Related People

John, Gwen

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The Golden Jubilee of the Barber Institute
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Reunited: Gwen John, Mère Poussepin and the Catholic Church
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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