VANESSA BELL was a leading member of the Bloomsbury Group, the famous circle of artists, writers, and intellectuals which included the artist’s husband, the critic Clive Bell; her companion, the painter Duncan Grant; and her sister, the writer Virginia Woolf. The group was named after the London area in which most of its members lived early in the 20th century. In 1916, Bell moved to Charleston, the Sussex farmhouse in which she lived with Grant for the rest of her life, and which is now open to the public. A gifted painter and designer, Bell was a director of the Omega Workshops, founded in 1913 by Roger Fry.
Bell’s work may be seen in many American public collections, including those of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and in most British museums.
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Purple crayon on lined paper, 7 7/8 X 4 7/8 inches
The Garden at Charleston; Small Pond with Classical Torso
Oil on wood panel, 15 15/16 x 12 inches
Signed and inscribed (on the back, in ball point pen); V Bell/Charleston/Garden
Probably executed about 1940