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Duncan Grant (1885-1978)

Duncan Grant, a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group, was born in Scotland, spending most of his childhood in India, before returning to Britain in 1893. In 1902 Grant entered the Westminster School of Art to study painting, finishing his formal education at the Slade School of Art. As a student he traveled throughout Europe to hone his skills. Grant visited the studios of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso before establishing his own studio in Fitzroy Square, London. Lytton Strachey, Grant’s first cousin, introduced him to the Bloomsbury Group, including artists Roger Fry, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and the critic Clive Bell. In 1912 Grant exhibited in Roger Fry’s Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition alongside artists recognized as the European Post-Impressionists. In 1913 Fry opened the Omega Workshops in London with the mission to create a range of objects inspired by the contemporary art of Europe—including rugs, linens, ceramics, furniture, and clothing designed with bold colors and abstract patterns. Fry appointed Grant co-director of the Omega Workshops. Grant’s early work reflects the styles of Cezanne and Matisse and his later paintings and lithographs reveal a distinctive style combining his acute skill of drawing and creative use of strong colors.
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Grant, Duncan (1885-1978), 'At the Ballet', Lithograph, 1938,
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