Vanessa Bell Still Life on Corner of a Mantelpiece 1914

Artwork details

Artist
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Title
Still Life on Corner of a Mantelpiece
Date 1914
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 559 x 457 mm
frame: 614 x 512 x 49 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1969
Reference
T01133

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This mantelpiece was in Vanessa Bell’s house at 46 Gordon Square in London. The objects on it include handmade paper flowers from the Omega Workshops. The low viewpoint suggests that Bell painted this picture sitting down.

The fractured and abstracted forms and highly keyed colours show that Bell was familiar with recent developments in France, including Fauvism and Cubism.

February 2010

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