Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant, 1885 - 1978. Artist (Self-portrait) (About 1920)

About this artwork

Grant was a prominent member of the literary and artistic circle, the Bloomsbury group, which included the writer Virginia Woolf, the art critic Clive Bell and the economist, John Maynard Keynes. In the background of this self-portrait, reversed in the mirror, Grant has included Matisse's painting 'Woman Seated in an Arm Chair'. Grant had persauded Keynes to buy this painting; he had visited Matisse in Paris some years earlier and was much influenced by his work.

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  • title: Duncan Grant, 1885 - 1978. Artist (Self-portrait)
  • accession number: PG 2459
  • artist: Duncan GrantScottish (1885 - 1978)
  • depicted: Duncan Grant
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Self-portrait Post Impressionism
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1920
  • measurements: 61.00 x 45.80 cm (framed: 73.60 x 57.60 x 6.30 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1980
  • copyright: © Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved, DACS 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant

Grant was born in Scotland but spent his childhood in Burma, and lived in England from 1895. He was a leading figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a loosely-knit circle of artists, writers and intellectuals, resident in the Bloomsbury area of London in the years before the First World War. Grant's painting was strongly influenced by the intense colours of French Post-Impressionism. He was at the height of his popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, although his work went out of fashion after the Second World War. In addition to painting, Grant designed stage décor, textiles and pottery.