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

Still-life with a bowl of figs

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
Still-life with a bowl of figs
signed with initials and dated 'VB 1953' (lower left) and signed again 'Vanessa Bell' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
13 x 18 in. (33 x 45.7 cm.)
with Adams Gallery, London, by 1957.
Private collection.
with David Messum Fine Art, London, by 1997.
Private collection, London.
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Lot Essay

This still-life is highly characteristic of Vanessa Bell’s later paintings, among which several still-lifes are her most notable achievements. The printed square or cloth belonged to a group of such textiles which Bell kept for backgrounds to still-lifes. The painting was almost certainly carried out at her home Charleston, where fig trees were (and are) a feature of the garden.

We are very grateful to Richard Shone for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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