In many ways this is both quintessential Bloomsbury and closely representative of Vanessa Bell’s work: the colours are strong, the patterns bold, the décor of a type Bell might herself have designed for the Omega Workshops.
This print was initially commissioned by Robert Wellington and John Piper for their second series of Contemporary Lithographs. There’s was a venture which sought to offer work by acclaimed artists to places not known for their expenditure on art – to schools for instance. The school room depicted here is perhaps of a type not widely recognized, but it portrays the kind of place that Vanessa Bell, who was home educated, and who started a small home school for her own children, would have known. (Original size of image: 46.4 x 61.9cm)
Size: 40.2 x 53.9; paper: 61 x 72cm
Format: Giclée Print, Limited Edition (1/850) on 310gsm thick, 100% cotton rag.