Duncan Grant



Not on display

Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Oil paint on wood
Support: 533 × 660 mm
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1953

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Duncan Grant was a leading figure in the Bloomsbury Group. In 1909 he visited the Paris studio of Matisse, whose Dancers may have partly inspired this painting.

The vibrant colours and dynamic forms also reflect the influence of Gauguin, Cézanne and van Gogh. These were the chief artists introduced to British audiences through Roger Fry’s ‘Manet and the Post-Impressionists’ exhibition, which was held at the Grafton Galleries in London between 1910 and 1911.

Gallery label, February 2010

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Catalogue entry

N06181 DANCERS c. 1910–11
Not inscribed.
Oil on wood, 21×26 (53×66).
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1953.
Coll: Purchased from the artist by Adrian Stephen and sold soon after to Edward Marsh.
Exh: (?) C.A.S., Paintings and Drawings, Grosvenor House, June–July 1923 (144); N.E.A.C. Retrospective Exhibition, January–February 1925 (109), and Manchester, April–May 1925 (137); Paul Guillaume Gallery, February–March 1929 (3); Anthology of English Painting, 1900–1931, French Gallery, November 1931 (16); Venice Biennale, 1932 (British Pavilion, 29 or 35); British Council, Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg, 1936 (445, repr.); Franco-British Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, 1939 (160); The Collection of the late Sir Edward Marsh, Leicester Galleries, May 1953 (61); Tate Gallery, May–June 1959 (15).
Repr: Studio, XCVII, 1929, p.178.

Painted c. 1910–11 at Fitzroy Square. A later version, larger in scale (27×36 in.) but less finished, was in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition, October–December 1912 (81), and was bought by Hilton Young (later Lord Kennet of the Dene); it now belongs to his son.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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