Right of Reply: James Beechey ; the Biographer of Clive Bell and Contributor to the Catalogue of the Art of Bloomsbury Exhibition at the Tate, Replies to Philip Hensher's Attack on the Bloomsbury Group
Beechey, James, The Independent (London, England)
PHILIP HENSHER is entitled to his opinions on Bloomsbury, even to his belief that Henry Green (admittedly a highly original and underrated writer) was a greater novelist than Virginia Woolf - but, if he is going to accuse Bloomsbury's apologists of ignorance, he himself ought to be more careful with the facts.
Hensher's article is a catalogue of inaccuracies. When Woolf, in her essay "Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown", suggested that human nature changed in 1910 she was not only referring to Roger Fry's momentous Post-Impressionist exhibition, but to a more general sea change in British society as the curtain came down on the Edwardian age. It is quite erroneous to assert that the European contemporaries whom Fry and Clive Bell admired and promoted, couldn't "give a toss for the opinions of the Bloomsbury aesthetes"; Bell was a welcome visitor to Picasso's studio, while Matisse wrote to tell him "how …
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Publication information: Article title: Right of Reply: James Beechey ; the Biographer of Clive Bell and Contributor to the Catalogue of the Art of Bloomsbury Exhibition at the Tate, Replies to Philip Hensher's Attack on the Bloomsbury Group. Contributors: Beechey, James - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 1, 1999. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.