1902WHERE CAN I SEE IT? Tate BritainI LIKE IT
See also 'Nude Girl
John painted many solitary women, but here we see the prototype: the artist as an isolated, rather sad spinster – an awful word, but appropriate surely to 1902, and to this austere figure, with her bright blouse muted somehow by dark, pensive eyes, black shawl and the jet brooch (mourning jewellery, perhaps?) at her throat. Still, there’s no mistaking her strength: those eyes pierce both the painting (after all, it’s her vision we’re viewing) and the future, where John would come out of the ‘female artist’ ghetto to overtake, in reputation, her more clubbable brother Augustus and many other contemporaries who benefitted less from being talented than from being male. Spinster, as a job title, is obsolete; painter is anything but.