Vanessa Bell Frederick and Jessie Etchells Painting 1912

Artwork details

Artist
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Title
Frederick and Jessie Etchells Painting
Date 1912
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 511 x 530 mm
frame: 653 x 678 x 79 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01277
Not on display

Display caption

Vanessa Bell lived in Asheham House, near Lewes in Sussex, in the summer of 1912. Several artists came to stay including, briefly, Frederick Etchells and his sister Jessie. Bell thought Jessie ‘a nice character...and very silent’ but found Frederick difficult, and their visit was a strain. There is no sign of this in the relaxed atmosphere of this image.

Bell never exhibited this painting, but it is finished. It is chiefly a study in colour and design; the features of the figures are noticeably absent. Bell tried to expunge specific detail in much of her work of this period.

February 2010

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