|Vanessa Bell "Frederick and Jessie Etchells Painting" 1912 The Tate Gallery|
Vanessa Bell (1879–1961) was an English artist descended from an eccentric but intellectually distinguished family. Her father was Leslie Stephen, a famous writer and mountain-climber, and her sister was the writer Virginia Woolf. Both sisters were tutored extensively at home, although Bell did take some classes at Sir Arthur Cope's private art school and at the Royal Academy in London. Famous in her youth for her striking beauty, Bell married art critic Clive Bell in 1907, with whom she had two sons. The Bells and Woolfs maintained homes in the Sussex countryside as well as their homes in London. Charleston House, the farmhouse which Bell rented from 1916 onwards, became the country meeting place for the painters, writers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Jessie Etchells (1892-1933) and her brother Frederick Etchells (1886-1973) came for a visit to Asheham House, Virginia Woolf's weekend house near Charleston, in the summer of 1912. Bell found Jessie agreeable, but did not take to Frederick, although none of this emotional strain shows in the painting. This piece exhibits the deliberate lack of detail that is characteristic of Bell's work in this period.
|Duncan Grant "Vanessa Bell Painting" 1915 |
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
|Duncan Grant "Vanessa Bell Painting at La Souco" 1960 Charleston House|
~Many thanks to John Philip Hagen for sending me each of these three images~