The Art of Bloomsbury

Saturday, May 20, 2000
Sunday, September 3, 2000

The Bloomsbury Group has become the most famous and widely publicized coterie of writers, artists, intellectuals, and general hangers-on in modern British culture. Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes, Lytton Stratchey and Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Clive Bell—these names and reputations are as familiar as their spectacular and sometimes scandalous private lives. Organized by the Tate Gallery and curated by Richard Shone, the leading authority on Bloomsbury, this was the first major exhibition devoted to the artistic achievements of the Bloomsbury Group. It offered a comprehensive and definitive overview of the movement, focusing on the art of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, and Roger Fry. The exhibition also displayed applied arts from the Omega Workshop as well as fascinating documentary material, such as photographs, books, and the various publications associated with the Bloomsbury Group.

BP Amoco was the sponsor of the American tour of the exhibition.

Harold Gilman, Sylvia Darning (detail), 1917, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Tate Gallery:
November 4, 1999–January 30, 2000

The Huntington Library:
March 4–April 30, 2000

Yale Center for British Art:
May 20–September 3, 2000