Iceland Poppies by Vanessa Bell

This rare example of Bell's early work hung at Charleston from the 1930's until 1978.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
53 x 44 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £200,000)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Private collection

Considered one of her finest paintings, the artist's biographer Frances Spalding has commented on the 'cool silvery tonality and concentrated mood' of the composition. Bell would have been aware of the association of poppies with opium and sleep, reinforced in the painting by the presence of the medicine bottle. There may also be an autobiographical reading in the symbolic arrangement of the three vessels, and the two white poppies slightly distanced from the third, red flower.

Provenance

The artist; Duncan Grant; Private collection.

Venue details

Charleston West Firle, LEWES East Sussex BN8 6LL 01323 811 626 www.charleston.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £11)

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