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Duncan Grant
Dates: British, 1885 - 1978
Biographical Account:

Duncan Grant was a British painter and designer, associated with the Bloomsbury Group and Omega Workshop. Grant was born in Scotland in 1885 but spent much of his early childhood in India and Burma, as his father was a major in the army.

 

Grant chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father but instead decided to become an artist. He went to study at Westminster School of Art, at the Slade School of art, and he also studied in Italy and in Paris.

 

He was greatly influenced by the French Post Impressionists and also the artists and critic Roger Fry (1866-1934). In 1913 Fry founded the Omega Workshop. With Grant’s interest in the decorative arts, he became co-director alongside Vanessa Bell(1879-1961). Although homosexual, Grant had a relationship with Bell and eventually moved into her house in Charleston, in Sussex, they later had a daughter.

 

Grant mainly painted landscapes and portraits, also designing sets and costumes for theatrical productions. He was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, alongside Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell.  He was also associated with the Camden Town Group, New English Arts Club and the Friday Club as well as exhibiting with the Grafton Group, whose members included Fry, Bell and Wyndham Lewis.

 

Grant died in 1978.
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