Gwen John (1876–1939) was a Welsh artist best known for her portraiture. John studied at the Slade School of Art and trained under James McNeill Whistler for a brief time in Paris. She moved to France after her studies and supported herself through selling sketches and working as an artist’s model. Though she mainly modelled for women, she also posed for Auguste Rodin, who became her lover for around ten years. Though she liaised with many avant-garde artists of the day, she kept to her own style of working and the most common subject of her work are portraits of women. Most of her works can be found in UK collections, despite her living in France for most of her life.