Reading: Gwen John: A Painter's Life, by Sue Roe
According to her brother Augustus, also a painter, Gwen John favoured basements and underground cellars: when she returned to London from Paris in 1899, she installed herself 'in a kind of dungeon ... into which no ray of sunlight could ever penetrate'.
But here is her attic room at 87 rue du Cherche-Midi, where she moved with her cat Edgar Quinet, in the midst of an affair with Rodin.
|A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris (With Open Window) c. 1907-09|
|And this, I presume, is Edgar Quinet, who was 'not very popular'. She had sprung a vicious attack on one of the visiting lady painters. Gwen was sure it wasn't personal, just 'une affaire de nerfs'.|
And update on Ms Quinet (bec of me being currently obsessed with Gwen John): Gwen felt sorry for her sometimes, because the cat tried to understand so many things with her 'little, troubled soul'.