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Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
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Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

Still life with Fan

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
Still life with Fan
signed with initials 'V.B' (lower right)
oil on canvas
23 x 19 in. (58.5 x 48.3 cm.)
Estate of George Bergen.
Purchased by the present owner at the 1988 exhibition.
London, Sally Hunter Fine Art, George Bergen and Bloomsbury, September 1988, no. 57.
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Lot Essay

This still life of circa 1932 fuses Bells' realistic easel painting style with several elements of her decorative design style. A painted decoration stands behind the swagged fabric in the top half of the canvas, while the fan, artificial grapes and white rose belong to her repertory of decorative motifs. The stabilising yellow-green vase appears in several of her still lifes (as well as Duncan Grant's) and is still at Charleston, Bell's Sussex home.


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