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Vanessa Bell

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Vanessa Bell was a central figure within the Bloomsbury Group
and lent to it a stability and coherence it might otherwise have
lacked. A talented artist, she held sway with her acuity, integrity
and a sense of humour. Yet she remained inscrutable, glimpses
of her life only appearing through her sister, Virginia Woolf. In this authorised biography, Frances Spalding draws upon a
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Published by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson (first published September 1979)
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Paul
Dec 29, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
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Very good biography of a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group. Not an easy read as there is great detail and a lot of information. Vanessa Bell was Virginia Woolf's sister; her talent lay in art rather than writing. She married Clive Bell and for many years continued an affair with Roger Fry. She also had a very close relationship with Duncan Grant. Her unorthodox life and its effect on those around her is well documented. Her relationship with her daughter in later life is interesting as she ...more
Beth Bonini
Jul 31, 2016 Beth Bonini rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, art
A few personal notes, to give context to my reading of this book:
I purchased my copy of Spalding's biography during my visit to Charleston on May 4, 2016. Initially published in 1983, Spalding's study of Vanessa Bell's life and work was the first to be totally devoted to this hitherto "silent" member of the original Bloomsbury Group. Spalding does an admirable job of demonstrating that VB's personality and domestic gifts and strong individualistic sense was at the very core of the Bloomsbury Gro
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Duncan M Simpson
Jun 22, 2016 Duncan M Simpson rated it really liked it
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Vanessa Bell was at the centre of the Bloomsbury group and more than any of the others lived in squares and loved in a triangle. She also lived at Charleston Farm at the foot of the South Downs and visiting there pushed me to pick up this book.

I was left with an enigma, a stoical woman whose love was returned but in very different measures and whose art I had overlooked. Frances Spalding has written a classical biography, easy to read, measured and balanced its views and following the chronology
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teresa
Nov 17, 2007 teresa rated it really liked it
A little on the dry side but Bell is an interesting enough person that you keep reading. Virginia Woolf's sister she married Clive Bell and had two kids and she had affairs and spent most of her life with the love of her life (whom she also had a child with who went on to marry one of her father's former lovers...), the gay artist Duncan Grant, while never divorcing her husband.


Alexa.elam
Jan 08, 2008 Alexa.elam rated it liked it
I have read and re-read this portrait of Vanessa Bell. It is a fascinating study of Bell's family, including her sister Virginia Woolf, of the Bloomsbury group, and of the wonderful work done by the Omega Workshop-- the Arts and Crafts collective founded by Bell and her cohorts.
Linda Mason Hunter
Mar 19, 2014 Linda Mason Hunter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the most famous Bloomsbury artists, Virginia Woolf's sister,
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Feb 04, 2009 Antonella rated it it was amazing
It is biography at his best, full of details and deeply (and also emotionally, sorta) involved in the long life of a passionate woman and artist.
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