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08 February 2018'The Trees Wave, The Clouds pass - Virginia Woolf on Life and Art works by Vanessa Bell and the Camden group'
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12 April 2018'Double Dutch, Symbols, Emblems and Double Entendre in Dutch Genre Paintings'
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'The Trees Wave, The Clouds pass - Virginia Woolf on Life and Art works by Vanessa Bell and the Camden group' Karin Fernald Thursday 08 February 2018

From Woolf's letters, diaries and novels.  In her greatest novel To the Lighthouse Woolf describes most vividly the feelings of a young woman artist, faced by a blank canvas.  "Where to begin?  That was the question;  one line placed on the canvas committed her to innumerable risks..."  Woolf neither painted nor drew.  But her closeness to her artist sister Vanessa, and the charismatic teacher and critic Roger Fry, stimulated a passionate curiosity, and some illuminating comparisons between writing and painting.  Elsewhere, her entertainingly frank confessions - "I hate buying clothes.  In particular, I hate buying suspenders..." - offer insights into the tribulations of Woolf's life in her beloved London.  With paintings by Spencer Gore, Harold Gilman, Charles Ginner and other artists from the Camden Group of Artists; and by Vanessa Bell.