Vanessa Bell: 1879 - 1961

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until June 04
The first major retrospective of works by Vanessa Bell has opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Studland Beach © Tate, London 2016
Her pioneering portraits, stills and landscapes are now on show, alongside works created during her important experimental periods.

Bell was one of the first British artists to experiment with abstraction. She was fiercely talented with an unconventional approach both to life and within her work; her arrangements of shapes, lines and strong brush strokes seem to convey intensity, meaning and emotion.

Around one hundred oil paintings are on display at Dulwich, along with fabrics, photographs, works on paper and related archival material.

Portraits considered to be Bell’s most accomplished works e.g. paintings of Virginia Woolf, art critic and historian Roger Fry, and poet Iris Tree have been included. Bell’s ground breaking images of the female subject are also on show.

Vanessa Bell’s status as an artist has been overshadowed by those close to her, especially her sister, writer Virginia Woolf. Woolf, like Vanessa, was part of the ‘Bloomsbury Group’ – a selection of prolific writers and artists, formed by Bell in the early part of the twentieth century. Sadly, until now, she has never been truly recognised as an artist in her own right.


Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD
Railway: West Dulwich
Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm; Closed Monday
Entry fee:
£14 Adult; £13 Senior Citizens; £7 Concessions (students, disabled, ES40, Art Fund & Museums Association Members) Children: Free
February 08 - June 04


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