Still Life (Triple Alliance)

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Painter and designer Vanessa Bell was the oldest of the four children of Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904), literary critic and editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. She abandoned the early influence of G. F. Watts, a family friend, when she studied at the Royal Academy Schools with Sargent, and founded the Friday Club in 1905, whose meetings, lectures and exhibitions provided young artists with a forum for modern art. She married Clive Bell in 1907; her sister Virginia married Leonard Woolf in 1912. They were influential figures in the Bloomsbury Group, a circle including writers, artists and critics who shared no common ideology but came to represent an intellectual elite which, in the first decades of the twentieth century, pitched itself against the restricting conventions of ‘Victorian’ culture.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds



Still Life (Triple Alliance)




collage with paper, oil & pastel on canvas


H 81.9 x W 60.3 cm

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donated by Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, 1923

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