1. The Convalescent (1918-9). Gwen John (Welsh, 1876‑1939). Oil on canvas. Tate.

    John’s contemplative studies of lone women in the calm surroundings of their home suggest intimacy and peace but also a simultaneous sadness. There is no narrative content but the title, The Convalescent, suggests a way in which we might read the painting. It relies rather on mood, atmosphere and closely toned harmonies of colour for emotional impact. 

     
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