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The Bloomsbury Group : The Art of Vanessa Bell Julia Musgrave Tuesday 14 January 2020

Avant-garde painter, designer, decorator, inspired colourist, mother and muse, Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf, was the warm heart of the Bloomsbury Group; a set who Dorothy Parker once described as “living in squares and loving in triangles”.  Navigating the tides of sexual and artistic revolution with tolerance, irreverence and wit she had a central role in the social and aesthetic life of Bloomsbury.  In this lecture Julia Musgrave asks if Vanessa Bell the painter was as radical as Virginia Woolf the writer.


Julia has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design' from the University of Glasgow.  She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York on the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937.  She is a lecturer in Art History at the City Literary Institute (City Lit).