Vanessa Bell (Kensington 1879 – Firle 1961)
National Trust Inventory Number 769776

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1951 (initialed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 330 x 230 mm
Place of origin England
Collection Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Mottisfont, Hampshire, London and South East, National Trust

Vanessa Bell was at the centre of British avant-garde art in the early 20th century. Her first husband (the critic Clive Bell), her partner Duncan Grant and her sister (the writer Virginia Woolf) have all attracted more attention, but Vanessa Bell was important in her own right. She was one of the first artists in Britain to try a non-representational approach to painting.

The flattened forms, bright colours and patterned surface of this painting of flowers signal Bell’s love of decorative surfaces. She was closely involved with Fry and Grant in the development of the Omega Workshops, which introduced a fresh sense of design and colour into everyday textiles and objects. Bell covered Charleston’s walls and furniture with vivid decoration, so that art was part of the very fabric of her life.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Flowers by Vanessa Bell (Kensington 1879 – Firle 1961), initialed VD 51 [1951].


Presented by Derek Hill (1916 - 2000) through The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) 1996

Credit line

Mottisfont Abbey,The Derek Hill Collection (presented to the National Trust through the National Art-Collections Fund in 1996)

Makers and roles

Vanessa Bell (Kensington 1879 – Firle 1961), artist

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Place of origin England (253110)
Materials Canvas (10117)
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Category Art / Oil paintings (12642)
Collection Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum) (2343)
Periods 20th century (182276)
Maker Vanessa Bell (Kensington 1879 – Firle 1961) (53)
Object Type Oil painting (14440)

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