Bloomsbury Women: Distinct Figures in Life and Art

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First published in 1995, this gives new insight into the Bloomsbury group of writers and artists. The book traces the group from its beginnings in the early 20th century to the old age of its founders and the legacy that lives on. Illustrated throughout, this is a collection of portrait studies, decorative images, line drawings and photos.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bookstores--here's another volume about Bloomsbury. For whatever reasons, we are currently in the midst of a full- blown public enthrallment with the pansexual congerie of Brits who paraded under the name of Bloomsbury (see Quentin Bell's tribute, Bloomsbury Recalled, p. 34). Almost all of them dabbled in the arts, but with a few notable exceptions such as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey, most reserved their real talents for the art of living. Brilliant parties, frequent travels, scandalous, polymorphous affairs and m‚nages--they lived the kind of lives that make for juicy reading. And though biographer Marsh (Christina Rossetti, 1995, etc.) is ever tactful, she does not usually disappoint, at least on this account. But like an artist's sketch, while the whole picture is there, the details are invariably missing or scanted. A full study of Bloomsbury's women, in the vein of Strachey's Eminent Victorians, would have filled a useful niche, but this book is more of an ungendered and generalist survey of the entire movement. Only in its profuse and lavish illustrations, paintings, and sketches by such Bloomsbury stalwarts as Vanessa Bell and Dora Carrington does Marsh remember her supposed subject. But we all know how deep beauty runs, and it is certainly no fair substitute for analysis and research. In the slim spaces between illustrations, Marsh makes few attempts to examine how the experiences of Bloomsbury women differed from those of the men and how this might have influenced their art and ideas. She does not even particularly bother with important, individual biographical details. Virginia Woolf's death, for example, takes a mere two paragraphs. And all the beautiful, insipid, and derivative works of art are left to languish, virtually unremarked. Breezy, blowsy, this is Bloomsbury for beginners. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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This beautifully illustrated overview of the Bloomsbury circle focuses on its rich and diverse artistic output. Through color as well as black-and-white reproductions of paintings, textile designs, photographs and line drawings, March (Christina Rossetti) emphasizes the influence of the Postimpressionists on the early paintings and designs of Vanessa Bell and on the innovative prose of her sister, Virginia Woolf. Marsh's well-organized history of the group's creative development includes the Omega workshops begun by Roger Fry in 1912, as well as informed commentary on their relationships with one another. Although the illustrations are dominated by the works of Vanessa Bell and Dora Carrington, painter Duncan Grant-Bell's longtime companion-is also heavily represented. Descriptions and photos of Bloomsbury meeting places, such as Ottoline Morrell's Garsington and Bell's Charleston, are also provided. An excellent addition to Bloomsbury studies that will be of interest to both devotees and newcomers.
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