Quentin Bell was a member of the inner circle of the Bloomsbury Group. Born in 1910, he was the younger son of the painter Vanessa Bell and the writer and critic Clive Bell, and the nephew of Virginia Woolf. Bell’s childhood was spent at Charleston, the famous Sussex farmhouse home of Vanessa, Clive, and Duncan Grant. Such figures as Roger Fry, Lytton Strachey, E.M. Forster and, of course, Leonard and Virginia Woolf were almost daily visitors during his youth.
Quentin Bell became a painter, sculptor, potter, author, and art critic. He became Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds; Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford University; and Professor of the History and Theory of Art at Sussex University.
Among his numerous books were On Human Finery; Victorian Artists; Bloomsbury; and the celebrated and definitive two-volume Virginia Woolf: A Biography. In 1995, he published his memoirs, Bloomsbury Recalled (called Elders and Betters in Britain); and in 1997 his Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden, finished by his daughter Virginia Nicholson, was published posthumously.
Quentin Bell died in 1996 at the age of 86.
Plate: Study in Blue
Fired, painted and glazed clay, 9 3/4 inches (diameter)
Executed in 1995
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