Augustus John at the National Museum in Cardiff
A whole gallery is dedicated to Augustus Johns' portraits.
'Make a puddle of paint on your palette consisting of the predominant colour of your model's face and ranging from dark to light. Having sketched the features, being most careful of the proportions, apply a skin of paint from your preparation, only varying the mixture with enough red for the lips and cheeks and grey for the eyeballs. The latter will need touches of white and probably some blue, black, brown, or green. If you stick to your puddle (assuming that it was correctly prepared), your portrait should be finished in a hour or so, and be ready for obliteration before the paint dries, when you start afresh'. This is how John explained his method for painting portraits.
John was good at catching an instantaneous attitude in his subjects - his pictures are like first sightings of people.
Pyramus Johm, 1914, (oil on canvas)
Edwin John, 1911, (oil on panel)
Marchesa Casati, (oil on canvas)
Nicondra McCarthy, 1972, (oil on canvas)
May Earp, 1972, (oil on canvas)
Barbara Allen, 1972, (oil on canvas)
Edwin John, (oil on canvas)