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Artists in Focus: Augustus John at National Museum, Cardiff

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:24 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

A new exhibition featuring the works of one of the most talented artists to have heralded from Wales has gone on show at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff.

Artists in Focus: Lyrical Lines: Drawings and Etchings by Augustus John (1878-1961) incorporates pieces from the museum's existing holdings of work by the artist, in addition to loans from an important private collection.

2011 marks 50 years since the death of Augustus John, one of Wales' most celebrated artists. He grew up in Tenby with his sister and fellow artist Gwen John, and attended the prestigious Slade School of Art. He enjoyed a bohemian lifestyle and was deeply influenced by the Romany tradition.

Augustus John

Augustus John

The exhibition at National Museum Cardiff runs until 5 June.

Read an article on the painter by BBC Wales History blogger Phil Carradice, and browse a photo gallery of Augustus John.

Also, keep an eye out for Framing Wales, which begins on Thursday 24 February on BBC Two Wales. Presented by Kim Howells, who attended Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, it is his personal view of the great 20th century Welsh paintings and painters - and Augustus John is featured in the first episode.


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