Self Portrait

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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An exquisite draftsman and a wonderful colourist, John's attitude to modern art was ambivalent. He admired Cézanne, van Gogh and Gauguin, and the oil panels he exhibited at the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea, in 1910, were hated by traditionalists. Nevertheless, John declined to be included in the second Post-Impressionist exhibition in London in 1912–1913, though he was represented in the much broader New York Armory Show in 1913. Several works were also included in ‘An Exhibition of Works by Certain Modern Artists of Welsh Birth or Extraction’, organised by the National Museum of Wales in 1913–1914.

Self Portrait




oil on canvas


H 61.1 x W 51.3 cm

Accession number

NMW A 158

Acquisition method

gift from Gwendoline Davies, 1940

Work type



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