© estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy of Henrietta Garnett; National Portrait Gallery, London
by Vanessa Bell (nÃ©e Stephen)
oil on panel, 1912
111/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. (293 mm x 236 mm)
Purchased with help from Sir Christopher Ondaatje and The Art Fund, 2005
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- Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
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- Vanessa Bell (nÃ©e Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
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This portrait was painted during a brief holiday spent by Vanessa Bell on the Isle of Wight, in 1912. Fry visited her and they began drawing and painting together. Bell adopted a pseudo-pointilliste technique, using dabs of unmixed paint. This 'leopard manner' had been used by Duncan Grant in the autumn of 1911, and both Bell and Fry subsequently experimented with it.
- Lunchtime Lecture: Virginia and Vanessa: Sisters, Artists, Conspirators
7 August, 13:15
- Gallery Tour: Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision
28 August, 19:00
- Weekend Workshop: Painting Workshop: The Bloomsbury Group (Day One)
30 August, 11:00
- Weekend Workshop: Painting Workshop: The Bloomsbury Group (Day Two)
31 August, 11:00
See this portrait
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery