Roger Fry: A Biography

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Roger Fry is Virginia Woolf's only biography, which she undertook to commemorate a devoted friend and one of the most renowned art critics of this century. She was, writes Herbert Read, his "perfect biographer."

Fry was a member of what Leonard Woolf called "the Old Bloomsbury Group." Educated to be a scientist, he became passionately interested in art while still at Cambridge, despite the disapproval of his Quaker parents, and took up a career as a painter, critic, and ...

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Overview

Roger Fry is Virginia Woolf's only biography, which she undertook to commemorate a devoted friend and one of the most renowned art critics of this century. She was, writes Herbert Read, his "perfect biographer."

Fry was a member of what Leonard Woolf called "the Old Bloomsbury Group." Educated to be a scientist, he became passionately interested in art while still at Cambridge, despite the disapproval of his Quaker parents, and took up a career as a painter, critic, and lecturer. He was employed by J. P. Morgan to buy for his private collection, and he served for a time as Curator of Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1910 he introduced the British public to the work of the Post-Impressionist painters, from Cezanne to Picasso, at a history-making exhibition. Two years later he opened the famous Omega Workshop in London, whose fabrics, pottery, and furniture influenced design in England and the United States. In his later years, Fry was celebrated as a lecturer. E. M. Forster viewed his death, in 1934, as a loss to civilization. He had, indeed, shaped the aesthetic taste of an entire generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156785204
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/19/1976
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Virginia Woolf

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 25, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      March 28, 1941
    2. Place of Death:
      Sussex, England

Table of Contents


Childhood: School 11
Cambridge 44
London: Italy: Paris 62
Chelsea: Marriage 82
Work 105
America 134
The Post-Impressionists 149
The Omega 182
The War Years 200
Vision and Design 216
Transformations 246
Index 299
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