All this month on the Such Friends blog, Kathleen Dixon Donnelly will be posting about what the Bloomsbury Group was doing from 1907-1915. Here is the link to her first post:
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Most of the reactions below come via Twitter, where “Life in Squares” was a trending topic after the first episode aired last night with an audience of between 1.85 and 1.9 million UK viewers.
In the aftermath, one must-read review is by Frances Spalding, acclaimed biographer of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Her piece on The Conversation website is titled “Life in Squares: how the radical Bloomsbury Group fares on screen.”
Here’s a quote from it:
Her despairing cry may be echoed by some viewers of the BBC’s three-part series Life in Squares, for the Bloomsbury Group attracts many detractors as well as legions of devotees. — Frances Spalding
Be sure to click on the comments below to read Maggie Humm’s assessment of Spalding’s review, along with her own insights.
Before the official premiere, Emma Woolf, great-niece of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, penned her reaction for The Daily Mail: “How TV’s got my aunt Virginia Woolf so wrong.”
And Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter, Cressida Bell, posted this on Facebook the morning after:
UK TV ratings: Bloomsbury set drama Life in Squares opens to 1.85m http://t.co/9sFWNDH71V
— DS Entertainment (@digitalspyent) July 28, 2015
— TrendsinUK (@TrendsinBritain) July 27, 2015
#LifeInSquares manages to obscure all Bloomsbury’s achievements and at the same time reduce their private lives to a downton-esque melodrama
— Alfie (@AlfieTurner1) July 27, 2015
Life in Squares viewers had to use Wikipedia to decipher the plot … http://t.co/UDABAZoGYv
— UK News Information (@AnglosearchNews) July 28, 2015
— kelvin Fitzimmions (@fitzfun2011) July 27, 2015
— theartsdesk.com (@theartsdesk) July 27, 2015
I’m clearly not bohemian enough. Life in Squares bored me to tears.
— GC (@GrowlyCub) July 27, 2015
Having written about Vanessa Bell, painting and the Bloomsbury Group for my finals at uni, can’t say the BBC have done any of them justice..
— Sifa Mustafa (@SifaMustafaLDN) July 27, 2015
— Yvette Greslé (@yvettegresle) July 27, 2015
Rather a silly title ‘Life in Squares’ on BBC2 tonight about the Bloomsbury set but an excellent piece of drama. http://t.co/4tXUBGKcHm
— Michael Theodorou (@MrTheodorou) July 27, 2015
— Claire Thinking (@clairethinking) July 27, 2015
Here’s a piece from The Charleston Attic blog on the 140-piece dinner service featuring famous women created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. It is one of the largest commissioned works produced by the artists and was commissioned in 1932.
The Virginia Woolf plate is pictured in Diane Gillespie’s The Sisters’ Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (1988, 1991), as illustration 4.13 on p. 199. Gillespie discusses the plates briefly on p. 198. The plate pictures a young Virginia Woolf in profile with her long hair secured at her neck or pinned up; it’s difficult to make out which.
According to Gillespie, the plates were divided into four groups and Woolf’s plate is included in the writers’ group. Woolf’s plate features a border of alternating squiggles and large dots. In a July 27, 2015, message to the VWoolf Listserv, Gillespie noted that she was able to see a number of the plates during the 1980s in the home of Lady Clark.
Ann Donlon wrote a Oct. 9, 2013, post about the plates on her blog after a visit to Charleston. Titled Dinner Plates, it includes images.
Also see Woolf on a plate, a 2009 post on Blogging Woolf about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party that includes a Woolf plate.
Three songs from a new song cycle using Virginia Woolf’s letters to her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, are available online via SoundCloud.
Composed by Richard Barnard, they are titled ‘As A Writer‘, Nessa and Duncan, and A Dancing Light. They were recorded by Rhys Maslen at St Augustine’s Chapel, Bristol, and this part of the project was supported by Arts Council Wales.
Here are the descriptions of the songs, as copied from Barnard’s blog:
- ‘As A Writer': Woolf frequently used Vanessa’s art as a metaphor for her own work. Here she describes the writing process as feeling beauty “which is almost entirely colour”, condensing ideas like pouring “a large jug of champagne over a hairpin”.
- ‘Nessa and Duncan': A brilliantly teasing letter in which Woolf imagines a scene at Vanessa and Duncan Grant’s home as they discuss her recently published novel To The Lighthouse (clearly nervous of their judgement!)
- ‘A Dancing Light': Part of a letter of 1937 written soon after the death of Vanessa’s son Julian in the Spanish Civil War.
Life in Squares, a three-part BBC Two drama about the Bloomsbury Group, is getting media attention.
The series tells a version of the Bloomsbury Group’s story over a period of 40 years — from the time of Queen Victoria to World War II.
Here is the description of the first episode, which will air Monday, July 27, at 9 p.m., according to the BBC Two website:
Painter Vanessa Stephen and her writer sister Virginia embark on a life of unexpected, post-Victorian freedom in bohemian Bloomsbury. But when they are introduced to flamboyant male admirers, their idyll is rocked and the sisters’ relationship is threatened.
Here are some links to recent stories about the drama, along with the official trailer:
- Life in Squares: Were the Bloomsbury Group sexually incontinent snobs or the free-thinking ‘punk rockers’ of their generation?, The Independent, July 19.
- My highlight: Life in Squares, The Guardian, July 18.
- The Bloomsbury bonkbuster! Six sex scenes in just one episode of the Virginia Woolf saga… is this the raunchiest TV show ever?, The Daily Mail, July 18
- James Norton on playing a real-life character in new drama Life In Squares, The Express, July 12.
- Virginia Woolf as a teacher of fashion lessons.
- Woolf is one of the guests at a Tea with Mr. Hardy event.
- Teju Cole’s first book of essays will include one on Virginia Woolf.
- Whose voice do we hear in the novel “Adeline”? Virginia Woolf’s or Norah Vincent’s?
- It’s pricey, but you can spend the night in or near Bloomsbury-related digs–from Sissinghurst to Charleston.
- Exhibit for Julie Margaret Cameron makes yahoonews. There is also a story on NPR.
- Portrait of a mother as Virginia Woolf, painted on a ceiling, Sistine Chapel style.
- Woolfians are falling in love with actor Bill Nighy, who has identified himself as a fan of Virginia Woolf. In a recent article, he said he is reading The Voyage Out, his 5th Woolf novel in a row.
- Here’s how Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group are like the TV series “Friends.”
- Woolf is among writers who loved a good walk.
- Woolf’s relevance today regarding women’s power to stop war.
Duncan Grant and the 1940 Venice Biennale
Originally posted on The Charleston Attic:
CHA-E-159. Invitation sent to Duncan Grant for the 1940 Venice Biennale. Photograph © The Charleston Trust
In 1939 Duncan Grant was invited with five other artists – Frank Dobson, Glyn Philpot, Frances Hodgkins, Alfred Munnings and Edward Wadsworth – to represent Britain at the 1940 Venice Biennale, the invite for which we have recently unearthed in the Angelica Garnett Gift. First held on April 30th, 1895 to celebrate the silver anniversary of King Umberto I and Margherita of Savoy, the Venice Biennale remains to this day one of the leading exhibitions of contemporary art in the world. In addition to Bloomsbury group member Clive Bell, the Selection Committee for Britain’s 1940 entry consisted of Sir Lionel Faudel-Phillips, Campbell Dogson, Lawrence Haward, Sir Eric Maclagan, Herbert Read, the Earl of Sandwich, and Alfred Longden.
Having been allocated his own room at the show, Grant planned a retrospective display…
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