Portrait of the day talk: Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell

    Virginia Woolf,    by Vanessa Bell,    1912,    NPG 5933,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Virginia Woolf, by Vanessa Bell, 1912, NPG 5933, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Learn more about this portrait of Virginia Woolf, made in 1912 by her elder sister, Vanessa Bell. Bell shows her sister lounging in an armchair while knitting. Woolf’s facial features are blurred, abstracted through the use of bold areas of colour. Yet rather than distancing her, this blurring serves to inject the portrait with a sense of intimacy and highlights the painter’s proximity to the sitter.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change.

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14 February 2024, 12.30-13.00

Meet on Floor 0, historic stairs landing

Free (drop in – spaces limited)