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Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf.

Bell began to work with Grant, a younger painter whose work she admired, from around 1913 and they subsequently fell in love. This is one of two portraits of Bell by Duncan Grant in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Its use of rich, vibrant colour and pattern demonstrates Grant's adoption of a Post-Impressionist style. At the time the portrait was painted, Bell was also experimenting with bold colour and simplified form in her own painting....

Oil on canvas
1270.0 x 1016.0mm
NPG 5541
Image and text © National Portrait Gallery, 2022

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National Portrait Gallery
Permanent collection