The Bloomsbury Group
Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry
History and Definition
The Bloomsbury Group is the name given to the group of artists, writers, art critics economists, and intellectuals that met in the Bloomsbury area of London. In 1905, they began to congregate at the home of Vanessa Bell, artist, and interior designer and her sister, writer Virginia Woolf. They were ahead of their time and had modern ideas about women’s roles, pacifism, capitalism and sexuality. Their close personal relationships predate their fame and relationships within the group were intertwined and difficult: several members’ husbands and wives were never full members, even though many were artists in their own right.
Other themes common in the Bloomsbury group were nature, the relationship of consciousness to nature, dissatisfaction with capitalism, truth, love and beauty, and the nature of time and death.
Famous Artists or Members of the Bloomsbury Group
Vanessa Bell - Artist, 1879-1961
Duncan Grant - Artist-1885-1978
Roger Fry - Artist - 1866-1934
Clive Bell - Art Critic- 1881-1964
Dora Carrington - Artist-1893-1932
Virginia Woolf - Writer-1882-1941
EM Forster - writer- 1879-1970
Evelyn Waugh - writer- 1903-1966
Lytton Strachey - writer and critic-1880-1932
Famous Paintings and Art from the Bloomsbury Group
- Vanessa Bell - Studland Beach, 1912, The Tub 1918, Interior with Two Women, 1932
- Duncan Grant - self Portrait, 1920, The Room with a View, 1919
- Roger Fry - Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1918, Nina Hamnet 1918
- Dora Carrington - Farm at Watendlath, 1921, Lytton Strachey, 1924-25, Portrait of E. M. Forster, 1924-25.
Museums, Galleries or Exhibitions featuring artwork of the Bloomsbury Group
The Tate Britain
The Block Museum
By Melissa Montgomery