Duncan Grant

The Ass

c.1913

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Medium
Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1219 x 1270 mm
frame: 1330 x 1660 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2006
Reference
T12277

Display caption

Grant painted this large work at the end of 1913 and put it on exhibition in January 1914, when it was bought by his friend, the art critic Roger Fry. The source of the imagery was a small Persian miniature of the same subject, reproduced in Clive Bell’s seminal book, Art, published in 1914. Grant, Fry and Bell were all part of the Bloomsbury Group, amongst which the arts of diverse cultures and the art of decoration were studied and esteemed.

Gallery label, September 2016

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