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Augustus John

Augustus John

Augustus John (Welsh, 1878-1961), Self-Portrait, 1920
"As a preternaturally gifted student at the Slade School of Art (where he studied with his sister Gwen), at the  turn of the twentieth century, Augustus was hyperbolically  acclaimed by his teachers as another Raphael  or Michelangelo. During his early career he shouldered the burden of  such expectations with considerable bravado. But after promising  beginnings he subsided into a rather dull middle age, as a painter of  conventional, albeit occasionally piercing, portraits." [src]

Augustus John (Welsh, 1878-1961), Self-Portrait, 1920

"As a preternaturally gifted student at the Slade School of Art (where he studied with his sister Gwen), at the turn of the twentieth century, Augustus was hyperbolically acclaimed by his teachers as another Raphael or Michelangelo. During his early career he shouldered the burden of such expectations with considerable bravado. But after promising beginnings he subsided into a rather dull middle age, as a painter of conventional, albeit occasionally piercing, portraits." [src]