NEAC | Annual Lecture
Augustus John, 'Head of a Girl (Edie McNeill)' (1906), private collection
Augustus John is one of the great enigmas of twentieth-century British art. By 1910 he was widely acknowledged as one of this country’s most talented and exciting young artists – a Welsh equivalent, perhaps, of Gauguin. When he died in 1961 The New York Times described him as ‘the grand old man of British painting and one of the greatest in British history.’ Today, however, his achievements are largely overlooked.
This talk will explore John’s extraordinary beginnings, exploring his time at the Slade School of Art in the 1890s with contemporaries including his sister Gwen John and his friends William Orpen, Ambrose McEvoy and Spencer Gore, and his early successes before the First World War exhibiting with the New English Art Club.
Dr. David Boyd Haycock is a freelance art historian and curator, and the author of a number of books, including A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War. Based in Oxford, he is currently completing a biography of Augustus John and his young contemporaries.
This event is sponsored by Panter & Hall
Please note, the original lecture by Jessica Kilburn on Thomas Hennell as advertised in the catalogue has been replaced by the above event.