Still Life, Asolo, Italy

© estate of Vanessa Bell. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Jerwood Collection

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In 1955, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant drove through France and onwards to Asolo, a mountainous village in norther Italy, where the present work was painted. They rented a house full of character and charm; partly built into the ancient walls of the town with old wooden beams and solid walls. Upstairs, was a large room with three windows, which served as a studio during their stay. Bell found the historic town a breath of fresh air. In a letter to her daughter, Angelica Garnett she commented ‘Of course the light is so amazing, everything is colour and definite and exciting.’

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Still Life, Asolo, Italy




H 45.7 x W 38.1 cm (E)

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Acquisition method

aquired, 2023

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signed with initials (lower right)


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