Woman by a Riverbank
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Using bold touches of unmixed pigments, Augustus John painted his companion Dorothy (“Dorelia”) McNeill wearing brightly colored garments that reflect their shared interest in unconventional dress and in Romany culture, a lifelong fascination for the artist. Here, Dorelia appears as a bohemian Venus on the shores of a wild, imagined arcadia that was, in reality, probably a fishing village in Provence.
Oil on panel
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Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders
Augustus John (British, 1878-1961). Woman by a Riverbank, ca. 1910-1912. Oil on panel, 18 x 12 1/2 in. (45.7 x 31.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders, 78.151.7 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.151.7_SL1.jpg)
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