A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris

Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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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... what a feeling of contentment my room gives me. I take my meals at the table in the window… In the evening my room gives me a quite extraordinary feeling of pleasure.’ The picture is one of a group of interiors that John painted during this period, repeatedly using her personal possessions. Although it can be compared to works by John’s contemporaries, this is not the busy, domestic room of a bourgeois family, but a plain room, a working room for a serious artist, as well as a living space.


A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris




oil on canvas


H 31.2 x W 24.8 cm

Accession number

NMW A 3397

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Derek Williams Trust and the estate of Mrs J. Green, 1995

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