Vanessa Bell

Iris Tree

1915

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Artist
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1220 x 915 mm
frame: 1302 x 1021 x 51 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2000
On long term loan
Reference
L02306

On loan to: Dulwich Picture Gallery (London, UK)

Exhibition: Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

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Iris Tree (1897-1968) was a poet and actress. She was sculpted by Jacob Epstein, painted by Augustus John, and photographed by Man Ray. Among the Bloomsbury Group she sat for Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, as well as for Bell.

She was only eighteen at the time of this painting. Bell’s portrait suggests awkwardness, perhaps enhanced by the powerful contrasts between strong reds and blacks.

Gallery label, February 2010

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