Pioneers: Vanessa Bell 'Seated Figure'
This painting can be considered a defining work from this early period of Bell's artistic activity and as such plays a vital role within the art historical narrative of the Bloomsbury Group during their most impactful years. The painting was formerly in the possession of Paul Roche, a talented poet, friend and companion of Grant, from whom it was acquired by the previous owner.
Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art explores the history of female artists in Britain who defied the status-quo. This multidisciplinary exhibition progresses from 16th century portraitists, to painters working at the forefront of the British avant-garde in the 20th century.
This active and constantly developing area of art history, which examines the historical significance of female artists, garners continual debate. We hope to contribute to this rich and evolving art historical discussion. The artists exhibited are individuals who we have researched over the last thirty years as art dealers but have never before displayed chronologically. This exhibition explores and re-presents 500 years of pioneering female artists who have been central to the development of British Art.