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Bell was one of the first British artists to experiment with abstraction. In the early 1910s her approach to painting was radicalised by a series of exhibitions curated by her friend Roger Fry, in which works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse were seen in London for the first time. Responding to such examples, her compositions became more simplified, her use of colour more vibrant. During this period she also made a small number of wholly abstract paintings like this one, characterised by blocks of bold colour.

September 2013