Monday 8 February
10 AM PST
1 PM EST
6 PM GMT
7 PM CET
With Dr. Silvia Regonelli
Vanessa Bell was a central figure within the Bloomsbury group. A talented artist, she long remained inscrutable, glimpses of her life only appearing in the pages of her more famous sister, Virginia Woolf: one of the earliest memories she had was of the two of them in the nursery dividing the world between them: Virginia chose words, Vanessa was to have shapes and colours. As an artist, she is recognised as a key figure in the development of modernist painting in Britain. As a woman, she is still seen as a complex, intriguing figure. Wife to art critic Clive Bell, she had an affair with the critic and painter Roger Fry and a complex, lasting relationship with the artist Duncan Grant. Experimental both in life and art.
Part of the Series “A Room of One’s Own”, by Dr. Silvia Regonelli
Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Vanessa Bell: throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, these three women of genius and will, struggled to find a place for their art in the same way as men had already found it. Firstly, a place where they could learn it. Then, a place to create it, and finally, a place to show it where it could be seen, appreciated, and judged.
While art and the world of artistic education and production changed, they changed with it – finding enemies and allies along the way.
In this Biography Lecture we will look at how they created their works, what happened to the artists and, most importantly, what happened to their art.