The Johns had a free and informal childhood in South Wales. They both went to the Slade School of Art. Augustus was a star there; his painting technique was colourful and vibrant. On the other hand, Gwen’s was subtle and muted. He lived life to the full but later on suffered from the label of never quite fulfilling his early promise. Gwen on the other hand shunned public life but eventually came to be seen as the greater talent. Augustus has been seen as a flamboyant, bohemian character, with his many lovers and his numerous children, while Gwen was regarded as the complete opposite. Peter will discuss how this simple comparison does not stand scrutiny. She was a pioneer in so many ways, an independent and passionate woman who sought perfection in her art. Gwen died in 1939, Augustus in 1961.

Sat 19 March 2022, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£15 Adults £12 Lightbox Members and Students

Arts Talks are bookable separately or as a set of four with a 10% discount. Please call 01483 737800 for a discount.