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Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

1 of 16 portraits of Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant, 1917 - NPG 5541 - © Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved,  DACS 2013

© Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1917
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5541


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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. This is one of two portraits of Bell by Duncan Grant in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. 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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