Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

1 portrait

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant, circa 1918 - NPG 4331 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1918
37 in. x 23 7/8 in. (940 mm x 606 mm)
Purchased, 1963
Primary Collection
NPG 4331


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  • Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist associated with 14 portraits.

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  • Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 28 portraits.

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Bell began to work with Grant, a younger painter, whose work she admired, from around 1913 and they subsequently fell in love. Its use of rich, vibrant colour and pattern demonstrates Grant's adoption of a Post-Impressionist style. At the time the portrait was painted, Bell was also experimenting with bold colour and simplified form in her own painting.

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