Vanessa Bell Pheasants 1931

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Artist
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Title
Pheasants
Date 1931
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 908 x 730 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sir Kenneth Clark (later Lord Clark of Saltwood) through the Contemporary Art Society 1946
Reference
N05749
Not on display

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At the mid-point of her career, Vanessa Bell’s painting celebrated her own family, her house and her garden at Charleston in Sussex.

She loved France, and regarded her painting as a kind of Impressionism. This painting of a brace of pheasants, with a bottle and glass of (undoubtedly French) red wine, conveys the pleasures of food and drink. She uses them as a subject to show her skill with colour, with a warm and rich harmony of tones. The painting is quite large for her at this time.

September 2004

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