1 of 21 portraits of Vanessa Bell
by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1917
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Sitter in 21 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Artist or producer of 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Edited by Lucy Peltz & Louise Stewart, Love Stories: Art, Passion & Tragedy, 2020, p. 49
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 105
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 48
- Spalding, Frances, The Bloomsbury Group, 2013, p. 47
- Spalding, Frances, Insights: The Bloomsbury Group, 2005, p. 4,42
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Sussex (sitter's home, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex)