Duncan Grant

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Grant, Duncan

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 group and exponent of postimpressionism, 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.


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

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Later, although Duncan Grant had had various homosexual liaisons (John Maynard Keynes among them), a passion flared up between Bell and Grant which, despite their fluid future relationships, never fully dwindled.
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The reader is also enlightened by the obvious talents of many artists, such as Kathleen McEnery, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant, whom dominant stories of modern art seem to neglect.
I have a feeling that the discreet bisexuality of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant would have felt acutely embarrassed by the "annual celebration of Charleston's gay heritage with tea and cakes and musical accompaniment from Brighton's Rainbow Chorus".
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