Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant

by Frances Spalding
     
 

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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

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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 Using unpublished letters and diaries, Frances Spalding follows him from childhood in India, Scotland and London, through student days in London and Paris, to his involvement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:
04/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
File size:
3 MB

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