The caricature is a witty and affectionate comment on the personal and professional relationship between Roger Fry and Clive Bell and their positions as art critics.
Significant Form by Sir Max Beerbohm, 1921
© The artist's estate
- Pencil & watercolour on paper
- 32.5 x 21.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £4,260 ( Total: £6,760)
- Acquired in:
- The Bloomsbury Workshop
Published in 1914, Bell's 'Art' set out his theory of significant form, and Fry reviewed the publication. The text next to the drawing reads: 'Mr Clive Bell: I always think that when one feels one's been carrying a theory too far, then's the time to carry it a little further. Mr Roger Fry: A little? Good heavens, man! Are you growing old?'
Leicester Galleries; A Rutherston, 1921; Ronald Searl by 1956; Thomas Agnew & Sons; Barbara Bagenal; Sotheby's, 2002; Bloomsbury Workshop.