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What Painting Taught Literature: Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf

Thursday 5th October 2017


Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry. Courtesy private collection.

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Frances Spalding, acclaimed art historian, critic and biographer, makes a welcome return to Leeds to talk about Roger Fry and the key role he played in the introduction of modern art to England in the early years of the twentieth century.

The talk, which traces the ways in which he invigorated painting and sculpture, will be aided by observations made by Virginia Woolf. She initially viewed modern painting with distrust and was horrified when Fry opened the Omega Workshops and allowed the new excitement over colour and shapes to spill out of the frame and onto furniture or any object capable of carrying some form of decoration. But Woolf eventually allowed Fry’s ideas about art to influence her own thinking about the shape and purpose of the novel.

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