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This is one of the very few abstract works by Fry to have survived, and is one of three he exhibited in 1915. His use of the bus tickets was clearly inspired by Picasso. Fry has used real tickets and stuck them down to the painted board. They are for Route 88, which runs past the Tate Gallery, although from a different stage of that route. It was Fry who gave intellectual focus to the Bloomsbury Group of artists and writers. He had trained as a painter in France and Italy, and with Sickert in London, but became best known as a highly influential writer, critic and lecturer. Fry organised two exhibitions of Post-Impressionist art in 1910 and 1912, showing types of European pictures then little known in Britain.

August 2004