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John painted this self portrait shortly after her return from Paris, where she had studied at James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Académie Carmen. It is composed in a narrow range of subdued tones, reflecting his use of colour.
John was only around 24 when she painted this. Unlike many self portraits where the artist is positioned from the side, appearing to glance out at the viewer, she poses herself directly facing the spectator. Poised and confident, and with hand on her hip, she looks resolute and determined.
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