Vanessa Bell
Chrysanthemums 1920

Artwork details

Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 457 mm
frame: 776 x 630 x 80 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924
Not on display

Display caption

Bell often painted flowerpieces and frequently used flowers in her interior decorative work. Stylised flowers are a dominant theme in the dust jacket designs she designed for books written by her sister, Virginia Woolf.

Bell rejected the brighter colours she’d used before the war, and in the 1920s and 30s painted flowerpieces and still lifes with rich but sombre colour harmonies. The vase of flowers here is placed on a mirror.

This work was presented to the Tate by the Contemporary Art Society in 1924 and was the first work by Bell to enter the Collection.

August 2004

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