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Roger Fry, by Jean Marchand, 1920 - NPG 4570 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roger Fry

by Jean Marchand
crayon, 1920
12 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (310 mm x 235 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4570


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  • Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.

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  • Jean Marchand (1883-1941), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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Marchand was included in the second Post-Impressionist exhibition but did not meet Fry until 1919. In 1920 they painted together at Vence. Marchand was one of a number of younger French artists promoted in England by Roger Fry and purchased by collectors such as Sir Michael Sadler and Frank Hindley Smith. After the First World War these and other collectors moved on, under Fry's influence, from collecting the French nineteenth century landscapes of the Barbizon School to artists such as Marchand, Matisse and Picasso. Fry championed Marchand's throwing away of the 'scaffolding of cubism', and devoted a whole essay to him in Vision and Design (1920). Still a set text today, Vision and Design brought together many of the articles Fry had written for the Burlington in the previous twenty years, on such diverse subjects as 'The Art of the Bushmen', 'Negro Art' and 'Aubrey Beardsley's Drawings'.

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