The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gwen John and Auguste Rodin's Relationship Uncovered through New Art Display at National Museum Cardiff
'Self portrait, nude, sketching' by Gwen John © Estate of Gwen John. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2009.

CARDIFF.- In 1904 Welsh artist Gwen John (1876-1939) left Britain for Paris - the centre of the art world at the time - and became not only Auguste Rodin’s (1840-1917) model but also his lover. Master and Model: Rodin and Gwen John, which opened at National Museum Cardiff on Saturday, 4 April 2009, explores their passionate affair which lasted a decade and shaped Gwen John’s life and work.

For the first time, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is bringing together some of its unrivalled collection of Gwen John’s work with an impressive group of sculptures by the famous French artist Auguste Rodin, all from the Museum’s own collection.

On the advice of her brother - the flamboyant artist Augustus John, Gwen John introduced herself to Auguste Rodin, a monumental figure in the art world and began modelling for him. Rodin selected her as the model for a commission he had received in 1903 from the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers to design a bronze memorial to the artist James McNeill Whistler. A bronze head for this project is included in the exhibition.

Rodin became John’n focus in life, providing her with emotional, intellectual and some financial support. She ordered her life around him and wrote over 1,000 letters to him often referring to him as ‘Maitre’ (Master). Even though Rodin admired John’s role as a model and thought highly of her work describing her as a ‘beautiful artist,’ their relationship developed into more than ‘master’ and ‘model’ but lovers.

Master and Model includes oil paintings and drawings by John shown alongside marble and bronze sculptures by Rodin. The oil paintings include A Corner of the Artist’s Room, painted at the time of their affair, as well as examples of her portraits and still-lifes. There are drawings in the exhibition of the type Gwen John would have shown Rodin, including charming drawings of her beloved cat using a pencil and wash style which she adopted from Rodin. Another drawing of one of Rodin’s sculptures suggests she may have drawn whilst modelling for him and a further work depicts his house, perhaps produced whilst she was waiting to meet her lover.

Amongst the sculptures are Rodin’s bronze figure of Eve, along with two marble sculptures, The Earth and Moon and The Clouds, which demonstrate Rodin’s mastery in combining figures to create fluid lines.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to explore our collections in a new way,” said Beth McIntyre, Curator (Prints and Drawings), Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. “We have outstanding collections of both these artists’ work and it is a wonderful chance to explore the relationship between one of the most significant woman artists of the 20th century, Gwen John, and the legendary sculptor, Auguste Rodin.”

Master and Model: Rodin and Gwen John is part of the Museum’s current campaign to improve the way in which Wales’ art collection is being displayed. The Museum is looking at how more objects can be shown, how works of art can be displayed in new ways as well as exploring new themes. Some of these ideas are being trialled in this exhibition as well as Artistic Uprisings: French Art and Impressionism which is also now open to the public.

Today's News

April 6, 2009

Urbino's Most Illustrious Son, Raphael, Honored with Exhibition in his Hometown in Italy

Smithsonian Exhibits Six Architectural Models in Design Competition for New Museum

The Middelheim Museum to Play Host to Pioneering Artist Chris Burden

A Woman with a Camera: Liselotte Grschebina Opens at Martin-Gropius Bau

Magnetic Landscape: An Exhibition of Contemporary Video Art on View at the Columbus Museum

Opportunity Resources Inc. Announces Search for Executive Director of The C.M. Russell Museum

La Casa Encendida Presents the Exhibition Portraits of New York: Photographs from the MoMA

Water Spirit is Focus of National Museum of African Art Exhibition

Palazzo dei Diamanti Opens Morandi: the Art of the Etching

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Presents Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture

Western Art Expert Spotlights American Masterpieces for Tyler Museum of Art's Spring Lecture Series

Sotheby's to Sell Giorgio Soavi's Collection - Friend of Giacometti, Balthus, Sutherland and Alechinsky

Exhibition Gives a Fascinating Insight into the Family Life of Emily Tinne

Walker Art Gallery Announces Compelling Exhibition by Celebrated Women Artists

Gwen John and Auguste Rodin's Relationship Uncovered through New Art Display at National Museum Cardiff

In Advance of the Upcoming Sale Villa Grisebach Shows Mies van der Rohe and Photography

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Opens First European Museum Solo Exhibition for Jorge Pardo

A Pier from the Hellenistic Period was Discovered in Akko

Brooklyn Museum Announces Exhibition of a New Generation of Feminist Video Artists

High Presents Tenth Annual French Film Yesterday and Today

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Art of early man found in the greatest meteor crater on earth

2.- Exhibition celebrates Helmut Newton's 50-year career through a rare and unseen collection of vintage prints

3.- World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht: report

4.- Sotheby's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with an auction

5.- Domaine de Chantilly exhibits Leonardo da Vinci's 'Nude Mona Lisa'

6.- New book offers front-row seat to greatest concert in history

7.- The New York Botanical Garden opens its largest botanical exhibition ever

8.- The most famous car in the world: RM Sotheby's presents James Bond Aston Martin DB5

9.- Mexico unearths what may be historic recording of Frida Kahlo

10.- Exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's paintings marks centenary of his death

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful