I am, as some of you know, teaching art history & theory, but I have never focused on British art, and never really considered Virginia Woolf’s relation to her contemporary visual artists. But now its time –
Duncan Grant: Study for Composition (Self-Portrait in a Turban), 1910
I received two books in my mailbox today:
Bloomsbury Portraits By Richard Shone & The Art of Bloomsbury: Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, and Duncan Grant By Richard Shone With essays by James Beechey and Richard Morphet
Bloomsbury Portraits, originally published in 1976, was the first book to look at the contribution of the painters of the group, Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and Duncan Grant (1885-1978), not only within the context of Bloomsbury but also from the wider perspective of modern British art.
The Art of Bloomsbury: Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, and Duncan Grant is a catalogue, published to accompany a major international exhibition of the Bloomsbury painters originating at the Tate Gallery in London (1999).
Duncan Grant: Self-Portrait, 1910
I have just started flickering through the books, they are both filled with pictures. To give an idea of what I’m looking at I have posted two self-portraits by Duncan Grant. Look at the intensity in his eyes.
Oh, I already know I will spend hours with these books …