Duncan Grant

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Grant, Duncan

(Duncan James Corrowr Grant), 1885–1978, Scottish painter, b. Rothiermurchus, Inverness. He studied at London's Westminster School of Art (1902–4) and Slade School (1907–8) and at Paris's La Palette School (1906–7). A member of the Bloomsbury groupBloomsbury group,
name given to the literary group that made the Bloomsbury area of London the center of its activities from 1904 to World War II. It included Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E. M.
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 and exponent of postimpressionismpostimpressionism,
term coined by Roger Fry to refer to the work of a number of French painters active at the end of the 19th cent. who, although they developed their varied styles quite independently, were united in their rejection of impressionism.
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, he applied his talents to paintings (fluid, vibrantly colored portraits, landscapes, and still lifes), prints, theatrical costumes and scenery, and interior decor. Some of his designs were created in collaboration with Vanessa Bell, with whom he lived. Grant was also a founding member of the Omega Workshops (1913–19), for which he created textiles, ceramics, and other decorative items, and part of the London Group (est. 1915) of avant-garde artists.

Bibliography

See biography by F. Spalding (1998); studies by D. B, Turnbaugh (1987), S. Watney (1990, repr. 1999), and R. Shone (1993, 2000).