Duncan Grant was an influential British painter and designer, best known for his involvement in the Bloomsbury Group and his collaboration and relationship with Vanessa Bell.
Grant studied in Europe and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In Paris, Grant met Matisse and Picasso who influenced his work; in London, he was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group - most famous for writers like Virginia Woolf, the sister of Vanessa Bell.
Until Grant met Bell he had only had relationships with men. They set up a home, Charleston, in East Sussex. They collaborated on a wide range of decorative projects including the church at Berwick, near Firle. Grant’s sensual, colourful paintings, on surfaces from church walls to tea trays, led to him being called the Matisse of Britain.
In addition to his many interior works, such as Women With Child, Dockers and The Good Shepherd (in situ) in Lincoln Cathedral, Grant’s important, broadly post-Impressionist paintings include Figure In A Glass Case and Hayrick, as well as his portraits of Bell.