- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (15 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752440330
- ISBN-13: 978-0752440330
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vanessa Bell Paperback – 15 Nov 2006
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'Vanessa Bell emerges from Frances Spalding's sensitive and scholarly biography as an unexpectedly formidable figure...the central portrait is full and generous and it rings wonderfully true' --
'a compelling life, one worth telling, unusual in its social and intellectual contrasts, formidable in its cast of characters, poignant in its alternations of happiness and despair' --
'an excellent biography: it could hardly be bettered... she has brought Vanessa Bell back to life...As a chronicle of human entanglements, and of the ways in which they were resolved, it will have an enduring fascination...Vanessa Bell adds a new and indispensable dimension to our knowledge of Bloomsbury, and it is very much to be welcomed.' --
John Russell, Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Frances Spalding read art history at the University of Nottingham and lectured on the subject for ten years before becoming a freelance art historian and biographer. She is currently editor of the Charleston Magazine.
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Vanessa Bell was born Vanessa Stephen in 1879, eldest daughter of Leslie Stephen, editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and his second wife, Julia Duckworth. She was one of the four children Leslie and Julia had together, with two younger brothers and a sister, Virginia, who later became the writer and diarist, Virginia Woolf. Vanessa's early life was the privileged, but very restricted life of a child brought up in late Victorian England, however after the death of her parents, Vanessa moved to Bloomsbury with her brothers and sister and threw off the constraints of her upbringing. As the wife of Clive Bell she gave birth to two sons: Julian and Quentin; as the close friend (and the one-time lover) of Roger Fry, she was involved with bringing the first, radical Post-Impressionist Art Exhibition to London in 1910; as the lover of the painter Duncan Grant, she had one daughter: Angelica (some achievement in itself as Grant was a confirmed homosexual). As an artist, Vanessa Bell played an important part within the history of English art for the first thirty years of the twentieth century and she played a less significant, but none the less distinguished role as a colourist for the rest of her life.Read more ›