This week is your last chance to see the first retrospective of Vanessa Bell’s work, featuring fine and applied art, plus a contemporary addition from Patti Smith, on display now at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery.
As her first ever retrospective, the show has been curated to display her adapting and forward-thinking view on the world. Opening with strong portraiture, self-portraits sit alongside her images of her sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the poet Iris Tree and many influential friends throughout her life. Alongside the one hundred paintings on show, including landscapes and still life, we see a glimpse of Bell as innovative homemaker and a free-spirited mother. From her creative farmhouse at Charleston, the Bloomsbury base, to her fabric work with the Omega Workshop.
This retrospective is not only insightful and pleasing to see, it invites you to develop a new perspective on Vanessa Bell as an artist - don’t miss it!
The Other Room, photo credit: Bill Philip Photography. Nude with Poppies, photo credit: Henrietta Garnett. Tents and Figures, photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum. Virginia Woolf, photo credit: National Portrait Gallery. Photographs by Vanessa Bell and others, photos credit: Tate Archive