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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (15 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691095140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691095141
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.1 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A magnificent new book. . . . ÝA¨ powerful combination of words and images. -- John Murray "The Bloomsbury Review"

ÝAn¨ excellent catalogue. . . . Richard Shone and his contributing writers explain the ways in which the art that came out of the Bloomsbury circle. . . .introduced a dazzling new formal vocabulary to British art. -- Regina Marler "Los Angeles Times Book Review"


Lucid essays illuminate the essence of Bloomsbury's three best painters. . . . The book's vibrant reproductions reveal the trio's shared devotion to rich color, strong pattern, and the sensuous joys of the physical world. -- Elle



Though much has been written about various aspects of the Bloomsbury group, this book provides an important reassessment of their connection to the visual arts. . . . The copious illustrations, most in color, are splendid, and everything is thoroughly documented. -- Choice



A catalog of beautiful color illustrations of all art objects in the exhibition is divided up chronologically and thematically, with each section accompanied by a short introductory essay. Highly recommended for all art libraries and academic libraries supporting programs in the arts. -- Library Journal


Lucid essays illuminate the essence of Bloomsbury's three best painters. . . . The book's vibrant reproductions reveal the trio's shared devotion to rich color, strong pattern, and the sensuous joys of the physical world. -- "Elle

A catalog of beautiful color illustrations of all art objects in the exhibition is divided up chronologically and thematically, with each section accompanied by a short introductory essay. Highly recommended for all art libraries and academic libraries supporting programs in the arts. -- "Library Journal

Though much has been written about various aspects of the Bloomsbury group, this book provides an important reassessment of their connection to the visual arts. . . . The copious illustrations, most in color, are splendid, and everything is thoroughly documented. -- "Choice

A magnificent new book. . . . [A] powerful combination of words and images.--John Murray "The Bloomsbury Review "

[An] excellent catalogue. . . . Richard Shone and his contributing writers explain the ways in which the art that came out of the Bloomsbury circle. . . .introduced a dazzling new formal vocabulary to British art.--Regina Marler "Los Angeles Times Book Review "

The lavishly illustrated catalogue for "The Art of Bloomsbury" . . . offers detailed and knowledgeable exegeses of works on show, convincingly correcting earlier errors in dating and titling and establishing it as the definitive text in the field.--Christopher Reid "CAA. Reviews "


A magnificent new book. . . . [A] powerful combination of words and images.
--John Murray "The Bloomsbury Review "


[An] excellent catalogue. . . . Richard Shone and his contributing writers explain the ways in which the art that came out of the Bloomsbury circle. . . .introduced a dazzling new formal vocabulary to British art.
--Regina Marler "Los Angeles Times Book Review "


The lavishly illustrated catalogue for "The Art of Bloomsbury" . . . offers detailed and knowledgeable exegeses of works on show, convincingly correcting earlier errors in dating and titling and establishing it as the definitive text in the field.
--Christopher Reid "CAA. Reviews "

"A magnificent new book. . . . [A] powerful combination of words and images."--John Murray, "The Bloomsbury Review"

"[An] excellent catalogue. . . . Richard Shone and his contributing writers explain the ways in which the art that came out of the Bloomsbury circle. . . .introduced a dazzling new formal vocabulary to British art."--Regina Marler, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"Lucid essays illuminate the essence of Bloomsbury's three best painters. . . . The book's vibrant reproductions reveal the trio's shared devotion to rich color, strong pattern, and the sensuous joys of the physical world."--"Elle"

"The lavishly illustrated catalogue for "The Art of Bloomsbury" . . . offers detailed and knowledgeable exegeses of works on show, convincingly correcting earlier errors in dating and titling and establishing it as the definitive text in the field."--Christopher Reid, "CAA. Reviews"

"A catalog of beautiful color illustrations of all art objects in the exhibition is divided up chronologically and thematically, with each section accompanied by a short introductory essay. Highly recommended for all art libraries and academic libraries supporting programs in the arts."--"Library Journal"

"Though much has been written about various aspects of the Bloomsbury group, this book provides an important reassessment of their connection to the visual arts. . . . The copious illustrations, most in color, are splendid, and everything is thoroughly documented."--"Choice"

About the Author

Richard Shone has been Editor of the Burlington Magazine since 2003 and is the author of several books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.

Beechey is a freelance writer.

Julia Marciari Alexander is associate director for exhibitions and publications at the Yale Center for British Art. Anthony Lane is an award-winning film critic for The New Yorker. Richard Morphet is the former Keeper of the Collection, Tate Gallery, and editor of Encounters: New Art from Old (Yale).

Nicholas Serota is the director of Tate and the author of "Donald Judd".


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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Published to accompany the exhibition at The Tate Gallery, London and various US galleries, 1999-2000.

Three essays follow the foreword: "The Artists of Bloomsbury: Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant" by Richard Shone; "Image and Theme in Bloomsbury Art" by Richard Morphet; and "Defining Modernism: Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell in the 1920s" by James Beechey. In his essay Richard Shone, Associate Editor of The Burlington Magazine and author of several Art books, challenges previously held views and assumptions regarding the Bloomsbury Group, and reminds us that the tag `Bloomsbury' was not a name they themselves used, nor did they think of themselves as special group as such. He also considers the influence Duncan Grant in particular exerted. Similarly Richard Morphet directly confronts commonly held views and frequent criticisms of the Bloomsbury painters and also considers the aims of the group. James Beechey discusses the roll, positive of otherwise, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry played in the art world on the 1920s.

Each of the essays makes for most interesting reading, not only for the discussions of the work of the artists, but also for the accounts of the unconventional life stories of the members of the group as a whole. Even by today's standards their close-knit private lives might raise a few eyebrows.

The main part of the book contains the catalogue of the works in the exhibition. Each work is illustrated in colour, and each is accompanied by a sometimes lengthy commentary. These commentaries themselves make fascinating reading containing as they often do, in addition to a critical appraisal of the work in question, yet more details further embellishing the colourful lives of the artists.
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The tales woven around the pictures of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant etc are fascinating to read. I would recommend this book without hesitation.
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I bought this as a gift, but ended up keeping it myself. It is a beautiful book, full of gorgeous illustrations, including some lesser well-known works by these extraordinary artists. A real treat.
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A fascinating read giving a real sense of the Bloomsbury Group and those associated with it.
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We just watched Carrington and were enthused to find out more about the very interesting artists and poets this book is good
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