- 120 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
- Additional Authors
- John, Augustus,
- Corporate Author
- Poole Museum,Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum,
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 118-119).Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at Poole Museum, Dorset, May 26-September 30, 2018 ; Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire, May 18-September 29, 2019.Summary: In the first three decades of the 20th century Augustus John (1878-1961) was widely considered one of the greatest living British artists, famous almost as much for his extraordinary Bohemian lifestyle as for his outstanding portraits, etchings and drawings. John was born in Wales in 1878 and educated at the Slade School of Art in London in the 1890s, where the onus of teaching was on the daily life class and a close study of the Old Masters. He soon emerged as a wonderfully gifted draughtsman - indeed, the American painter John Singer Sargent would declare that John's youthful drawings were amongst the fi nest seen since the Renaissance. Dividing his life between England, Wales and France, and reaching his prime in the years immediately before the outbreak of the Great War, by 1910 John would be likened to a British Gauguin, a Welsh Post-Impressionist using bold colours and a willfully naive and primitive style to explore the complex combination of romanticism, escapism and alienation engendered by 20th-century life.