View of the Pond at Charleston Print by Vanessa Bell

Artist(s): Vanessa Bell
Medium: Giclée Print
Number of Editions: 850
Framed: no
Print Size: 41cm x 44cm
Paper Size: 54cm x 56cm

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Giclée Print, Limited Edition (1/850) on 310gsm thick, 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed.

The open farmhouse window with a view towards the pond; Sussex style post and rail fencing; fields and trees, and the silhouette of trees in the water; a jug central picture and the whole bordered by Omega Workshop curtains. There is characteristic strength of colour here too: strong reds and browns and greens, and a delicate pink interspersed. An exceptional Vanessa Bell print.

In pre second world war Europe, particularly in France, students in art schools were encouraged to experiment with various printmaking methods; this, generally speaking, was not the case in Britain. In 1945 however, two sisters, Frances Byng-Stamper and Caroline Lucas, set up Millers Press in Lewes, East Sussex. Their express purpose was to revitalise the art of lithography, and they managed to commission some exceptional artists, Vanessa Bell amongst them. This print, Girl Reading, was the very first print in the sister’s initial set of eight commissioned prints, and it, along with the others in the series, was quickly bought by the V&A and other public collections.



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