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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Bloomsbury Work

[Image © Charleston Trust; photograph by Penelope Fewster
Shown above, Clive Bell's library at Charleston.]

Just another quick nod to Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant prompted by his recognition in the Tate's new exhibition, Picasso & Modern British Art.  Take a closer look at the shelves; according to the Charleston Trust, Grant decorated them in the 1920s. And that iconic 1930s Bloomsbury printed linen on the Venetian chair, Grapes, is also attributed to Grant. (BTW, the upholstery fabric can be found today in Charleston's gift shop. More on past Bloomsbury textile revivals here.) The chair shown above is one of a set of six.

[Image © Charleston Trust; photograph by Penelope Fewster. Shown above, cook books belonging to Charleston's housekeeper Grace Higgens with Quentin Bell's teapot in front.]

If you find yourself in the UK this spring or summer and want to become immersed for a day in the Bloomsbury experience, Charleston offers an array of creative workshops. For example, ceramicist Irena Sibrijns will lead participants in decorating a large unfired bowl using techniques such as sgraffito, dipping and painting on ceramics with slipware, and slip trailing. There are two dates for this full-day workshop: Monday, July 2 or Tuesday, July 3. Details here.

[Tureen, cover and stand of earthenware with painted enamel in various colors. 
Collection of the V & A.]

Above are less rustic but still quintessentially Bloomsbury ceramics designed by Vanessa Bell and made by Arthur J. Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., 1934, England.


Unknown said...

Love the blue and white ceramics.

Hels said...

Everyone loved Duncan Grant :)

Your reference noted that "the influence of Whistler and Bussy can be seen in Grant's portrait of Lytton Strachey of 1909, which focuses on the mood and atmosphere of the subject". Agreed! But I am not so sure about Picasso's influence on Grant. Yet!

Style Court said...

Hi Hels,

One piece you might appreciate -- a painting with strong cubist influence -- is Grant's Interior at Gordon Square here:

and his Omega things show the avant-garde influence. Hope that helps!