Head of Department
Blazing a Trail / Vanessa Bell (British, 1879-1961) Street Scene in Tuscany 25.4 x 35.9 cm. (10 x 14 1/8 in.) (Painted in 1912)
£18,000 - £25,000
The Artist's Estate
With Anthony d'Offay, London, 1983, where acquired by
Mrs M. Cohen, thence by descent to the present owner
Private Collection, U.K.
London, Anthony d'Offay, Vanessa Bell. Paintings and Drawings., 20 November-12 December 1973, cat.no.6
Vanessa Bell visited Italy in the spring of 1912 with Clive Bell and Roger Fry, and painted several small oil on panel townscapes in Pisa and elsewhere. Street Scene in Tuscany is a rare, early example painted with impressionistic fluidity and colour hues typical of the period. Bell had seen the ground-breaking exhibtion, Manet and the Post-Impressionists organised by Roger Fry at The Grafton Galleries in 1910 with works by Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh. In 1912 her work was included in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition where, alongside Duncan Grant, she found herself in the company of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
We are grateful to Richard Shone for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.