Friday, 1 April 2011

Radical Bloomsbury

During a group press trip last year I was fortunate enough to get to visit Charelston which was the country home of the Bloomsbury set. The house in Firle (near Lewes) was transformed by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell who painted walls and furniture and filled the house with ceramics and works of art from their collection.

The house gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the artists and from the 16th April Brighton Musuem & Art Gallery will be celebrating their work with a new exhibition - Radical Bloomsbury: The Art of Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell 1905 - 1925. The exhibition looks at the contribution the artists made to the development of 20th century British painting and shows that in their day the Bloomsbury artists work was radical. Loans include pictures from national and regional galleries throughout England and from private collectors, including some works that have rarely been seen in public before.

Image - Duncan Grant: 'Bathing' 1911

The exhibition opens on Saturday 16th April and will be at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 9th October.


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