NPG Number
4331
Mkey
493
Sitter/Title
Vanessa Bell
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
DuncanGrant
Date made
circa 1918
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
vanessa bell

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4331

Vanessa Bell

by

Duncan Grant

circa 1918

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Bell began to work with Grant, a younger painter, whose work she admired, from around 1913 and they subsequently fell in love. Its use of rich, vibrant colour and pattern demonstrates Grant's adoption of a Post-Impressionist style. At the time the portrait was painted, Bell was also experimenting with bold colour and simplified form in her own painting.