A large and striking Modernist oil of a stern looking young man.
Unfortunately not signed but dated to dated to between 1910-1920.
Probably a follow of members of the Bloomsbury Group of artists, whose style this painting very much follows.
In contemporary dark frame and slip. Unsigned. Lined.
Sight: 23" x 28" 60cm x 71cm
Frame: 26.5 x 33" 67.5cm x 84cm
British Modernist Movement
The Bloomsbury group of innovative writers and artists, can be dated from around 1910 at the end of the the Victorian era with death of Edward VII. Its young writers, thinkers, and artists rejected nineteenth-century formality and reticence and moved towards twentieth-century candor and playfulness.
The Bloomsbury artists were strongly influenced by the European movements of their day, especially Post-Impressionism (a term coined by Roger Fry) and Cubism. Their previously conservative artistic styles changed dramatically after they viewed works by Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne during a 1909 visit to Paris.
The group's artistic output was highly influenced by art critic and fellow Bloomsbury member Clive Bell's theory of 'significant form'. Bell believed that forms and relations of forms within an artwork combine to "stir our aesthetic emotions", even when entirely isolated from a visible reality.
They were fascinated by the difference between the world of appearances and the world of reality, the Bloomsberries (as they were sometimes called) experimented with brush and pen to express above all the subjective qualities of their work.
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