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The life of the painter and designer Duncan Grant (1885-1978) spanned great changes in society and art, from Edwardian Britain to the 1970s, from Alma-Tadema to Gilbert and George. As an artist he experimented boldly before 1914, and helped break the mould of Edwardian painting, but he was also imbued with a love of the past, translating many traditions into modern terms. Using unpublished letters and diaries, Frances Spalding follows him from childhood in India, Scotland and London, through student days in ...

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Duncan Grant

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Overview


The life of the painter and designer Duncan Grant (1885-1978) spanned great changes in society and art, from Edwardian Britain to the 1970s, from Alma-Tadema to Gilbert and George. As an artist he experimented boldly before 1914, and helped break the mould of Edwardian painting, but he was also imbued with a love of the past, translating many traditions into modern terms. Using unpublished letters and diaries, Frances Spalding follows him from childhood in India, Scotland and London, through student days in London and Paris, to his involvement with the Bloomsbury group, the Omega workshops and his growing fame.



At each stage, the excitement of Grant's artistic creativity is interwoven with his emotional and sexual life, the passions for men that ran alongside his enduring relationship with Vanessa Bell. And although we feel extraordinary collective energy of the milieu in which Grant lived and worked, the abiding impression is of a wayward, gentle, slightly detached personality whose art and life were bound together by the intense delight and curiosity with which he viewed the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409029380
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 1,184,164
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Frances Spalding is an art historian, biographer and critic. Her acclaimed book, Roger Fry: Art and Life, was followed by a biography of Vanessa Bell, which led to an invitation ten years later to write on Duncan Grant. In between she wrote British Art since 1900, Stevie Smith: A Critical Biography and Dance Till the Stars Come Down: A Life of John Minton. She is currently editor of Charleston Magazine.
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