Lucy Hainsworth’s response to the painting by Vanessa Bell, “Triple Alliance” (1914)
I was at once attracted to “The Triple Alliance” because it was clearly a Collage using printed material and playing with random shapes: a process with which I am very familiar and besides, it is of a decent size and made an immediate impact.
The shock was to discover it was by Vanessa Bell, and, further, that it seemed to be implying a political dimension that alluded to the threat that was overtaking Europe at that time. I had never previously considered Vanessa Bell to be interested in world affairs, believing she lived in a Bohemian bubble tucked away in Sussex.
Now I have to re-align my appreciation of a fine artist.
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