The palette of Bloomsbury Group icon Vanessa Bell

London’s first purpose-built art gallery Dulwich Picture Gallery marks its bicentenary this year with an inspiring programme of exhibitions, starting with the first major exhibition of modernist painter Vanessa Bell. A key figure in the Boomsbury Group – along with her younger sister Virginia Woolf – Bell worked in paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photography and was instrumental in turning the group’s Sussex country house Charleston into a retreat for artists for whom she ran her design enterprise Omega Workshop.

This exhibition brings together the artist’s portraits, still lifes and landscapes, showcasing her exceptional eye for colour combining and pattern making in the process.

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Vanessa Bell, The Other Room, late 1930s, 161 x 174 cm, Private Collection, © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett. Photography by Matthew Hollow

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Vanessa Bell, Design for Omega Workshops Fabric, 1913, Watercolor, gouache, and graphite. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund. © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

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Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, c. 1912, oil on board, 40 x 34 cm. © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG

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Vanessa Bell, Self Portrait, ca. 1915, Oil on canvas laid on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund. © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

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Vanessa Bell, Landscape with Haystack, Asheham, 1912, oil on canvas, board. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

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Vanessa Bell, Tents and Figures, 1913, Folding screen. © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibition runs from 8 Feb until 4 June, find the details here.

 



Jill Macnair

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Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.


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