Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Planning ahead; my next journey abroad will go to London in July. Anyone else looking forward to this: News Release: National Portrait Gallery announces first exhibition exploring the life of Virginia Woolf through portraits First exhibition to explore the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf through portraiture Over 100 works to be displayed including paintings, photographs…

Bloomsbury Pictures

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…

Garden Path in Spring

Duncan Grant: Garden Path in Spring (1944) Duncan Grant was a central figure in the circle of artist and writers known as The Bloomsbury Group, which included Grant’s cousin Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Virginia’s sister the painter Vanessa Bell and Vanessa’s husband the critic Clive Bell. Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell were…

A Room of One’s Own

But, you might say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction – what has that got to do with a room of one’s own? I will try to explain … – a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction … I have just finished…

… for books have a way of influencing each other …

In “A Room of One’s Own” Virginia Woolf is saying: Fiction will be much the better for standing cheek by jowl with poetry and philosophy  … For books have a way of influencing each other. All of Woolf’s writing (according to Hermione Lee) goes in for this mixing and merging of genres: fiction, history, biography,…