by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil and gouache on cardboard, 1915
30 1/8 in. x 20 3/4 in. (764 mm x 526 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Known as 'Bunny' to his friends, the writer David Garnett was admired for his good looks. This informal portrait was painted during a period when Garnett and Vanessa Bell were both sexually involved with the artist Duncan Grant. The relationship would later be further complicated when Garnett married Bell and Grant's daughter, Angelica Bell. This experimental portrait is relatively rare in the history of art because it shows an unclothed man painted by a woman.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, Sussex (Eleanor House, West Wittering, West Sussex)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait (9 January 2016 - 11 September 2016)