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

Aubergines and Onions, St. Tropez

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Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
Aubergines and Onions, St. Tropez
signed with initials and dated 'VB/1921' (lower left); signed again and inscribed 'Aubergine & onions/V. Bell' (on the artist's label attached to the reverse); with inscription by Duncan Grant 'Aubergine & onions/by Vanessa Bell/The property of/D. Grant' (on the reverse)
oil on board
15 x 21 in. (38.1 x 53.3 cm.)
Painted in 1921.
Provenance
Duncan Grant.
with John Noott Gallery, Broadway, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Vanessa Bell, 1879-1961: a memorial exhibition of paintings, February - March 1964, no. 41: this exhibition travelled to Plymouth, City Art Gallery, April - May 1964; Bolton, Museum and Art Gallery, May 1964; Leeds, City Art Gallery, June 1964; Norwich, Castle Museum, July 1964; and Brighton, Art Gallery, August 1964.
New York, Davis & Long Company, Vanessa Bell 1879-1961, A Retrospective Exhibition, April - May 1980, no. 36.
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Lot Essay


Vanessa Bell, her family and Duncan Grant spent the winter of 1921-22 at La Maison Blanche, a house in St Tropez rented from Rose Vildrac, wife of the dealer Charles Vildrac who showed works by Grant and Bell in his Paris gallery. The works painted in St Tropez were mostly landscapes. Bell’s outstanding painting from these months is a view through French windows across the landscape to the Golfe de St Tropez (Tate Gallery). The present still life with its Mediterranean character exemplifies Bell’s new-found sobriety of approach in the post-war years, and the slow-burning sensuousness of her colour. Bell gave this work to Grant and he recorded it as his property on the back of the painting.

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

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