Vanessa Bell: Portrait Of The Bloomsbury Artist by Frances SpaldingVanessa Bell: Portrait Of The Bloomsbury Artist by Frances Spalding

Vanessa Bell: Portrait Of The Bloomsbury Artist

byFrances Spalding

Paperback | January 30, 2016

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Vanessa Bell is central to the history of the Bloomsbury Group, yet until this authorized biography was written, she largely remained a silent and inscrutable figure. Glimpses of her life appeared mainly through her famous sister, Virginia Woolf, whose letters and diaries frequently mentioned her. In this quality reissue of the definitive biography on the artist, Frances Spalding draws upon a mass of previously unpublished documents to reveal Bell's extraordinary achievements in both her art and her life. She recounts in vivid detail how Bell's joining the Bloomsbury Group - and her exposure to Paris and the radical art of the Post-Impressionists - ran parallel with her increasingly unorthodox personal life between her marriage to Clive Bell, her affair with Roger Fry, her friendship with Duncan Grant and relationship with her sister.

With a inset galley of photographs and pictures of her art, extensive notes, and a select bibliography, this book is a thrilling look at Vanessa Bell's life and art, and at the growth of the Bloomsbury Group, the gathering of artists and intellectuals who were friends long before they became the famed painters and writers loved by the world.

This edition includes a new preface by the author.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer, and a leading authority on Bloomsbury. She wrote an introduction to the subject, The Bloomsbury Group, for the National Portrait Gallery's Companion series, and has written biographies of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and of the poet Stevie Smith, as well as Vanessa B...
Title:Vanessa Bell: Portrait Of The Bloomsbury ArtistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.93 × 5.98 × 1.24 inPublished:January 30, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:178453241X

ISBN - 13:9781784532413


Editorial Reviews

".an excellent biography: it could hardly be bettered... she has brought Vanessa Bell back to life...As a chronicle of human entanglements, and of the ways in which they were resolved, it wil have an enduring fascination...Vanessa Bell adds a new and indispensable dimension to our knowledge of Bloomsbury, and it is very much to be welcomed."