Art historian Alicia Foster talks with leading art critic Chloë Ashby, about the work of Gwen John – one of the most significant female artists of the twentieth century. Alicia recently curated this year’s major exhibition on Gwen John at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. She talks about her research into John’s life and shows the artist to be single-minded, sensuous and extraordinarily experimental. A contemporary of Cézanne, Gwen John worked in the heady art worlds of London and Paris and lived in a rich cultural circle that included Whistler, Matisse, Picasso and her lover, Auguste Rodin.
Alicia Foster is a highly regarded art historian and curator. Her publications include Tate Women Artists: Gwen John, Nina Hamnett.
Chloë Ashby regularly writes for The Times, The Guardian, FT Life & Arts, TLS and The Spectator.