Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision


Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell, c.1912. Copyright: Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett. Photo credit: © National Trust / Charles Thomas Pinterest


Celebrate the life of Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery.

At first glance it might seem odd that a leading art gallery should be celebrating the work of a writer. But then, amongst her many achievements, Virginia Woolf was instrumental in setting up the Bloomsbury group of writers, artists and intellectuals, which included the painter Roger Fry. Fry introduced England to modern art by exhibiting the work of the French Post-impressionists in London - whose ideas in turn inspired Woolf's modernist experiments with the novel.

This NPG exhibition features over 100 works including portraits of Woolf by Fry, Duncan Grant and Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell, as well as photographs and rare archival material. Addressing her political concern, the show also incorporates one of Picasso's Weeping Woman drawings, created specifically for a fundraising event for those affected by the Spanish Civil War, at which Woolf was a main speaker.

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