Roger Fry

© estate of Vanessa Bell. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, Fry wrote articles for the Burlington Magazine which he helped found, and until 1910 acted as European adviser to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From 1910 he was closely linked with Bloomsbury. Following the two Post-Impressionism exhibitions he organised in 1910 and 1912–1913 he was a leading figure among the avant-garde. In 1913, he founded the Omega workshops, which applied new principles of mass, line, form and colour to the production of furniture, fabrics and jewellery. Active as a painter, he also continued to write, producing eight books in the last ten years of his life, notably Transformations (1927) and Cézanne (1928). This portrait was painted during a brief holiday spent by Vanessa Bell on the Isle of Wight, in 1912.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Roger Fry




oil on panel


H 29.3 x W 23.6 cm

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Purchased with help from Sir Christopher Ondaatje and the Art Fund, 2005

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