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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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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 early-twentieth-century London. 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 of two hundred works, all illustrated in color, provides a new look at the visual side of a movement that is more generally known for its literary production. With beautiful illustrations and a highly accessible text, The Art of Bloomsbury represents a unique look at this fascinating artistic enclave.

About the Author

Richard Shone is an Associate Editor of The Burlington Magazine, and a well-known writer on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art. His books include Bloomsbury Portraits, Alfred Sisley, and Walter Sickert. He has also written extensively on contemporary British artists such as Fiona Rae, Rachel Whiteread, and Damien Hirst.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements 9
The Artists of Bloomsbury: Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant RICHARD SHONE 11
Image and Theme in Bloomsbury Art RICHARD MORPHET 23
Defining Modernism: Roger Fry and Clive Bell in the 1920S JAMES BEECHEY 39
Catalogue RICHARD SHONE 53
Some Early Impressions - Paintings 1892-1911 55
The Voyage Out - Paintings 1911-13 73
Essays in Biography - Portraits 1910-25 93
A Room of One's Own - Still-Life Paintings 1914-19 117
Vision and Design - The Omega Workshops: furniture, applied art, paintings, works on paper 1911-18 137
Beginning Again - Paintings 1916-20 183
Transformations - Paintings post-1920 205
Works on Paper and Sculpture 243
Photographs and Books 274
Chronologies 275
Bibliography 287
Index 290

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David Einar, November 10, 2011 (view all comments by David Einar)
A vibrant and fascinating collection of art that illustrates art movements of the late 19th and early 20th century as explored and interpreted by a close group of British artists. There are works inspired by Impressionism, Pointillism, Les Nabis, Fauvism, Cubism, Collage, and Abstraction.

The text provides information not only on the art, but also on the connections among the members of the larger Bloomsbury group. A fine time capsule of creative exuberance in the transition from the Victorian to the Modern Era.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691095141
Essay:
Beechey, James
Essay:
Serota, Nicholas
Essay by:
Beechey, James
Essay by:
Morphet, Richard
Essay:
Beechey, James
Essay:
Morphet, Richard
Author:
Shone, Richard
Author:
Beechey, James
Author:
Morphet, Richard
Author:
Serota, Nicholas
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - European
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
British literature.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 2001
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TRADE PAPER
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Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color plates 70 halftones
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
11.75 x 9.25 in 49 oz

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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

"Synopsis" by , 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 early-twentieth-century London. 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 of two hundred works, all illustrated in color, provides a new look at the visual side of a movement that is more generally known for its literary production. With beautiful illustrations and a highly accessible text, The Art of Bloomsbury represents a unique look at this fascinating artistic enclave.
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