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Roger Fry, 1866–1934

Still life with blue bottle

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (62.2 x 45.1 cm)

Signed and dated, lower right: "Roger Fry. 1917"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
blue | bottle | draperies | drinking glass | still life | tumbler (drinking glass) | vase | water | white (color) | yellow
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Roger Fry was a prominent art critic and member of the group of liberal minded writers, thinkers, and artists known as the Bloomsbury Group. Like many in this elite circle, he was an advocate of French art and promoted the radical transformation of pictorial representation undertaken by artists including Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso. In 1910 and 1912, he organized two influential exhibitions that introduced modern French art to a British public and inspired a generation of young artists to embrace modernism. This work draws on impressionist and postimpressionist innovations in color perception in the carefully applied patches of color that animate the scene and create texture and depth.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Bloomsbury Group (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-05-20 - 2000-09-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British Modernist art, 1905-1930, November 14, 1987-January 9, 1988. , Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1987, p. 127, no. 124, N6768.5 M63 B75 1987 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard Morphet, Roger Fry: The Nature of His Paintings, Burlington Magazine, v. 122, London, July 1980, p. 483, fig. 26, N1 +B87 122:2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Omega Workshops: Alliance and Emnity in English Art 1911-1920, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, no. 30, NK945 O45 O45 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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