The art of Bloomsbury : Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, and Duncan Grant

by Shone, Richard.

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q N6768.5.B55 S55 1999
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Call Number  q N6768.5.B55 S55 1999

The word Bloomsbury most often summons the novels of Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster or images of artists and intellectuals debating the hot parlor topics of 1910s and 1920s London: literary aesthetics, agnosticism, defining truth and goodness, and the ideas of Bertrand Russell, A. N. Whitehead, and G. E. Moore. But the Bloomsbury Group also played a prominent role in the development of modernist painting in Britain. The work of artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, and their colleagues was often audacious and experimental, and proved to be one of the key influences on twentieth-century British art and design.

This catalogue, published to accompany a major international exhibition of the Bloomsbury painters originating at the Tate Gallery in London and traveling to the Yale Center for British Art and the Huntington Art Gallery, provides a new look at the visual side of a movement that is more generally known for its literary production. It traces the artists' development over several decades and assesses their contribution to modernism. Catalogue entries on two hundred works, all illustrated in color, bring out the chief characteristics of Bloomsbury painting--domestic, contemplative, sensuous, and essentially pacific. These are seen in landscapes, portraits, and still lifes set in London, Sussex, and the South of France, as well as in the abstract painting and applied art that placed these artists at the forefront of the avant-garde before the First World War. Portraits of family and friends--from Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes to Aldous Huxley and Edith Sitwell--highlight the cultural and social setting of the group. Essays by leading scholars provide further insights into the works and the changing critical reaction to them, exploring friendships and relationships both within and outside of Bloomsbury, as well as the movement's wider social, economic, and political background.

With beautiful illustrations and a highly accessible text, this catalogue represents a unique look at this fascinating artistic enclave. In addition to the editor, the contributors are James Beechey and Richard Morphet.

Exhibition Schedule:

The Tate Gallery, London

November 4, 1999-January 30, 2000

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

San Marino, California

The Yale Center for British Art

New Haven, Connecticut
May 20-September 2, 2000

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two new books correct the impression that the much scrutinized creative enclave known as Bloomsbury is more literary, what with the tremendous influence of Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey, than painterly. The paintings and criticism of the visionary art historian Roger Fry, whom Shone credits with galvanizing the group, and the sensuous paintings of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell were revolutionary and continue to yield fresh revelations for scholars and the public alike. Shone, the author of a number of fine books about British artists, has put together a handsome and uniquely comprehensive volume in connection with a major international exhibition. He and his contributors can't avoid the subject of Bloomsbury's extraordinarily complex personal relationships, which generated its adventurous aesthetic dynamic, but each artist's oeuvre is analyzed in its own right as well. The resulting text is illuminating, and the reproductions, 200 in color, are spectacular. Scenes of domesticity dominate Bloomsbury paintings, even the group's name is derived from the district in London in which they lived. So what could be more natural than an illustrated book about Bloomsbury homes? Todd, a versatile arts writer, makes judicious use of the vast amount of material available--photographs, paintings, diaries, letters, and memoirs--in her graceful chronicle of the stimulating blend of conventional middle-class routines and improvisational bohemianism that turned such London locations as Fitzroy Square, Hogarth House, and Tavistock Square, and the Sussex abodes Monk House and Charleston Farmhouse, into virtual crucibles for creativity. --Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Fry, Roger, -- 1866-1934 -- Exhibitions.
Bell, Vanessa, -- 1879-1961 -- Exhibitions.
Grant, Duncan, -- 1885-1978 -- Exhibitions.
Bloomsbury group -- Exhibitions.
Art, British -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Publisher Princeton, NJ :Princeton University Press,1999
Contributors Beechey, James, 1969-
Morphet, Richard.
Tate Gallery.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Yale Center for British Art.
Language English
Notes "This catalogue is published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, 4 November 1999-30 January 2000 and touring to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, 4 March-20 April 2000; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 20 May-2 September 2000"--T.p. verso.
Description 293 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-288) and index.
ISBN 0691049939
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