1879 - 1961

Vanessa Bell

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An English artist and designer. She was a member of the creative group “Bloomsbury”, the participants of which were British intellectuals, talented painters and poets.

Vanessa Bell, maiden name Vanessa Stephen, was born into a creative family. The artist’s father was a famous historian, literary critic, theologian and climber Leslie Stephen, who gave his daughter an initial art education. The sister of the artist was famous writer Virginia Woolf.

Vanessa Bell was among the first artists who dared to break the barrier between Britain and the mainland. She not only boldly used the methods of Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau in her work, but also actively developed avant-garde movements in England.

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– The work of the English artist is very diverse. The first works of Vanessa Bell were affected by the fire, but those that survived were executed in a traditional Victorian manner. Later, the artist experienced a strong influence of Impressionists and Post-impressionists, contributed by travels in Europe, as well as exhibitions organized by her friend, critic and artist Roger Fray. This gave her portraits and still lifes luscious bright colors and inspired bold decisions.

– Later works of Bell are closer to Fauvism: the artist begins to paint contrasting open colors and mold shapes using a color. Being a bold experimenter, Vanessa Bell tries herself both in Art Nouveau and Abstractionism.

– The artist devoted much time to decorative and applied creativity and design. Vanessa Bell created decorative panels, paintings on fabric, interior and furniture elements. Her creations were notable for the boldness of geometric shapes and a non-standard approach to everything that the artist did.

Vanessa Bell

On Artist

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Impressionism

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Roger Fry

artists

Vincent van Gogh

Paul Gauguin

Henri Matisse

Paul Cezanne

Arthur Stockdale Cope

Clive Bell

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Post-impressionism

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Roger Fry

Duncan Grant

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Mediums: oil, canvas. Location: Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, United Kingdom.

1934

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Mediums: oil, gouache. Location: Collection of the Yale Center for British Art.

1915

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Mediums: oil, gouache. Location: National Portrait Gallery, London.

1915

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Mediums: oil, canvas. Location: Tate Gallery, London.

1914

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Mediums: oil, canvas. Location: The Art Institute of Courtois, London.

1913 - 1916

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Mediums: oil, wood. Location: Tate Gallery, London.

1912

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Location: National Portrait Gallery, London.

1911 - 1912