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FOCUS: The Bloomsbury Group
by Larissa R-Joice of www.giggleicious.com
I once spent two weeks in an old The Bloomsbury Group was at it’s be members. Many met whilst
cottage creating 0 pieces of art height between 90–90 and they were students at Cambridge
work with a friend for an exhibition. was originally formed by a group University and The Slade School of
Artistically we were producing work of writers, artists and intellectuals Fine Art, while others met by chance
in the same medium and creatively who would meet up informally in or were introduced by others.
we were on the same level. We could and around the area of Bloomsbury
easily work on pieces together with in London and discuss anything and The ethos of the Bloomsbury group
the merging of our ideas, thoughts everything. discouraged sexual exclusivity so it
and skills. Artistically it was one of the is no wonder that there were affairs
most intense 2 weeks of my life and The group originally consisted of between members both in and
at the time it was all encompassing, the novelists and essayists Virginia outside of marriage and across the
like the most intense passionate Woolf, E. M. Forster, and Mary sexes. Some were very close intense
affair you can imagine. But with (Molly) MacCarthy, the biographer relationships and though some were
paint, paper and ink. and essayist Lytton Strachey, the very short, some lasted years even
economist John Maynard Keynes, producing children. It amazes me
On reading about ‘The Bloomsbury the painters Duncan Grant, Vanessa that a group of people who must
Group’ it is these artistic (and also Bell, and Roger Fry, poet Oliver W F have had such incredibly intense
romantic) affairs I find fascinating. Lodge and the critics of literature, art, artistic and emotional partnerships
The mixing of thoughts, emotions, and politics, Strachey, Fry, Desmond could remain within the same basic
ideas and creativity with such an MacCarthy, Clive Bell, and Leonard circle for decades without the whole
interesting blend of people over Woolf. Husbands, wives, relatives thing falling apart.
decades. and friends would often feature
in the group but never actually
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