The Bloomsbury Group in Berwick Church: The decorative scheme by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell & Quentin Bell
Artist(s): Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Quentin Bell
Author(s): Peter Blee
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 206
Publisher: St Michael & All Angels
Publisher Location: Berwick
Total Pages: 182
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white
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In the midst of the turmoil of the Second World War the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell were invited to decorate the interior of the small rural church of St Michael and All Angels, Berwick in the South Downs National Park, East Sussex. The resulting paintings and decorations are considered to be one of the most important decorative schemes in this country. Sir John Rothenstein, director of the Tate Gallery at the time, said of the paintings that ‘they must, I think, be accounted among the best paintings to be made in church or chapel in England during the present century’.
This book describes the story behind this remarkable commission. It also explores how the artists responded to the scriptural passages they were given and the way in which they related their work to the architecture of the church.
Condition: Near Fine. Signed by the author to title page