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Arum Lilies

Circa 1919

Vanessa Bell (1879 - 1961)

Oil on canvas

Width: 53.4 cm ( frame ); Depth: 3.3 cm ( frame ); Height: 83.3 cm ( frame ); Width: 45.8 cm ( canvas ); Height: 74 cm ( canvas );


Signed, lower left & recto, V Bell

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Fry, Roger Eliot; bequest; 1935

About this work
Vanessa Bell’s love of flowers is apparent throughout her career and they appear in much of her work, whether real, or paper flowers made for the Omega workshop. This sober arrangement of a few flowers in a distinctive and prominent vase set against a patterned background is typical of her still-life painting in the immediate post-war period. The vase is placed on the kind of painted rush-seated chair she would have used at Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, where she and Duncan Grant went to live in 1916. The shapes of chair-back and vase echo each other, and the bold design in the background repeats the outlines of the arum lilies. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust\1961 Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

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