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Woman by a Riverbank

Augustus John

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: England
  • DATES ca. 1910–1912
    DIMENSIONS 18 x 12 1/2 in. (45.7 x 31.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Verso paper label: "ARTHUR TOOTH & SONS, Ltd./DEALERS IN WORKS OF ART,/155, NEW BOND STREET,/LONDON./ESTABLISHED 1842. Verso paper label: "JAMES BOURLET & SONS, Ltd.,/Fine Art Packers, Frame Makers/B58747/17 & 18 NASSAU STREET, MORTIMER STREET, W./Phones:--MUSEUM 1871 & 7588."
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "John"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders
    PROVENANCE Before 1961, provenance not yet documented; March 1961, acquired or exhibited by Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, “Paintings and Drawings not previously exhibited by Augustus John, O.M.”; before October 29, 1977, acquired by Helen Babbott Sanders of Glen Cove and New York, NY; October 25, 1978, bequeathed by Helen Babbott Sanders to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION 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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