Radical Bloomsbury

Vanessa Bell. Portrait of Molly MacCarthy, 1914–15. Private Collection
Vanessa Bell. Portrait of Molly MacCarthy, 1914–15. Private Collection. © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett.

Dr. Janet McKenzie reviews the exhibition Radical Bloomsbury: The Art of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, 1905-1925 on view at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery through October 9, 2011.

The exhibition, McKenzie writes, "seeks to re-evaluate the work of Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and their relationship with the avant-garde... Indeed, the Bloomsbury artists' lives were as complex and dramatic as the period itself, with the insecurity and complexity of wartime, changed partnerships, love affairs, and personal tragedy. The period and artists have both been done a great service by the new exhibition."