A major exhibition Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision opens at the National Portrait Gallery just off London’s Trafalgar Square. Exploring the life of Virginia Woolf, one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, portraiture, imagery, letters and documentation cover her early life, literary interests, awareness of modernity, as well as her feminist and political views that contributed to altering the shape and purpose of modern fiction.
In 1904 the Stephen (her surname until she married Leonard Woolf) siblings moved to Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, and began holding ‘at homes’. Led by a determination to rethink how one should live, they introduced experiments and reforms that challenged ideas and Victorian customs. They formed a core group of friends that became known as the ‘Bloomsbury’ set. Within this group were her sister Vanessa Ball and Duncan Grant as well as the writer Leonard Woolf whom she married. Due to her mental well-being, The Woolfs moved to Hogarth House in Richmond, and there founded the Hogarth Press. She eventually took her own life.
Highlights of the exhibition include portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries.
The exhibition runs from 10 July to 26 October 2014-07-09 www.npg.org.uk
Adult £7 (with Gift Aid) Seniors £6.50 concessions £6.
A must for anyone interested in the Bloomsbury Set is a visit to the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston in Sussex where the walls of their home, now a museum, are painted with their work.