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(b East Shefford, Berkshire, 16 Sept. 1881; d London, 17 Sept. 1964). British writer on art. In 1910 he met Roger Fry and quickly became his chief apostle in helping to spread an ...

Bell, Clive

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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..., Clive ( 1881–1964 ). English art critic. With his wife, the painter Vanessa Bell , and his fellow critic Roger Fry , he was a leading member of the Bloomsbury Group . Bell and Fry introduced the work of Cézanne and the Fauves to London with their two Post-Impressionist exhibitions ( 1910 , 1912 ). Advocacy of such painters led Bell to write a short book, Art ( 1914 ). In it he asserts that ‘significant form’ is the quality that distinguishes art. ‘Lines and colours combined in a particular way, certain forms and relations of forms’ induce a...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Clive ( Arthur Clive Howard Bell ) ( 1881–1964 ), British art and literary critic , born at East Shefford, Bedfordshire, educated at Cambridge University. A central figure of the Bloomsbury Group , he married Vanessa Stephen , elder sister to V. Woolf , in 1907 . At Cambridge, Bell became influenced by the moral philosophy of G. E. Moore with its emphasis on the importance of the enjoyment of conversation and beautiful objects, which Moore considered to be ‘the rational ultimate end of social progress’. Bell's concept of ‘Significant Form’—in...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Clive ( 1881–1964 ) Art critic, educated at Cambridge where he came under the influence of the philosopher G. E. Moore ( 1873–1958 ) and met members of what was to be the Bloomsbury Group . In 1907 he married Vanessa Stephen ( see Bell, Vanessa ). In 1910 he met Roger Fry , whose views contributed to his own theory of ‘Significant Form’, outlined in Art ( 1914 ), which held that form, independent of content, was the most important element in a work of art. With Fry, he was a champion of the Post‐Impressionists . In Civilization ( 1928 )...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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...emphasis on the formal qualities of a work of art ( see formalism ). Quentin Bell ( 1910–96 ), son of Clive and Vanessa Bell , was a painter, sculptor, potter, and author, probably best known for his writings on art, mainly on the Victorian period and the Bloomsbury Group. Between 1962 and 1975 he was a professor at the universities of Leeds, Hull, and Sussex. Quentin’s daughter, Cressida Bell ( 1959 –), is a designer, mainly of textiles, and his son, Julian Bell ( 1952–  ), is a painter and writer on art; his books include a monograph on ...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Clive ( 1881–1964 ) Art critic , educated at Cambridge where he came under the influence of the philosopher G. E. Moore ( 1873–1958 ) and met members of what was to be the Bloomsbury Group . In 1907 he married Vanessa Stephen ( see Bell, Vanessa ). In 1910 he met Roger Fry , whose views contributed to his own theory of ‘Significant Form’, outlined in Art ( 1914 ), which held that form, independent of content, was the most important element in a work of art. With Fry, he was a champion of the Post‐Impressionists . In Civilization ( 1928 )...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Clive Clive Bell 1881 – 1964 English art critic Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open. Civilization ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...0Clive Clive Bell 1881 – 1964 English art critic I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic. Art (1914) degree of my aesthetic emotion degree of my aesthetic emotion function of the critic Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open. Civilization (1928) believe is not...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Clive Clive Bell 1881 – 1964 English art critic I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic. Art (1914) pt. 3, ch. 3 degree of my aesthetic emotion degree of my aesthetic emotion function of the critic Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open. Civilization (1928) ch. 5...

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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...influential in spreading an attitude that placed emphasis on the formal qualities of a work of art ( see formalism ). Bell was a great Francophile; his other books include An Account of French Painting ( 1931 ) and a study of the writer Marcel Proust ( 1928 ). He was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour but received no comparable distinction from his own country. Quentin Bell ( 1910–96 ), the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell , was a painter, sculptor, potter, and author, probably best known for his writings on art, mainly on the Victorian period...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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...emphasis on the formal qualities of a work of art ( see formalism ). Quentin Bell ( 1910–96 ), son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, was a painter, sculptor, potter, and author, probably best known for his writings on art, mainly on the Victorian period and the Bloomsbury Group. Between 1962 and 1975 he was a professor at the universities of Leeds, Hull, and Sussex. Quentin's daughter Cressida Bell ( b 1959 ) is a designer, mainly of textiles, and his son Julian Bell ( b 1952 ) is a painter and writer on art; his books include Mirror of the...

Bell, Arthur Clive Howard

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Carol Steinberg Gould

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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2014
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.... Clive Bell . London: John Murray, 2001. Bell, Quentin . Bloomsbury Recalled . New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. Published in the United Kingdom under the title Elders and Betters (London: John Murray, 1995). Bywater, William G., Jr. Clive Bell ’ s Eye . Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1975. Carroll, Noël . “Clive Bell’s Aesthetic Hypothesis.” In Aesthetics: A Critical Anthology , 2d ed., by George Dickie , Robert Sclafani , and Ronald Roblin , pp. 84–95. New York: St. Martin’s, 1989. Dean, Jeffrey T. “Clive Bell and G....

Bell, Arthur Clive Howard

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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...Bibliography Works by Bell Bell, Art hur Clive Howard Art . London, 1914; reprint, New York, 1958. Bell, Arthur Clive Howard Since Cezanne . London, 1922; reprint, Freeport, N.Y., 1969. Bell, Arthur Clive Howard Civilization: An Essay and Old Friends . Chicago, 1973. Both published originally in 1928 and 1956, respectively. Bell, Arthur Clive Howard Proust . London, 1928. Other Sources Bell, Quentin . Bloomsbury Recalled . New York, 1995. Bywater, William G., Jr. Clive Bell's Eye . Detroit, 1975. Carroll, Noël . Clive Bell's Aesthetic Hypothesis....

Bell, Arthur Clive Heward

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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2010
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..., Arthur Clive Heward ( 1881–1964 ) Clive Bell was born in East Shefford, Berkshire on 16 September 1881 and died in London on 17 September 1964 . A portrait of him by Roger Fry , painted around 1924 , hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery. Bell studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where, through membership of the elitist group, the Apostles , he came into contact with such students as Lytton Strachey and Leonard Woolf , who were later to form the nucleus of the ‘ Bloomsbury Group ’, dedicated to living out the words of G. E. Moore in ...

Bell, [Arthur] Clive [Heward]

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., [Arthur] Clive [Heward] ( 1881–1964 ) British art critic Art ( 1914 ) Non-Fiction Since Cézanne ( 1922 ) Non-Fiction Civilization ( 1928 ) Non-Fiction Proust ( 1928 ) Non-Fiction Old Friends ( 1956 ) Non-Fiction...

Clive Bell

Clive Bell  

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(b East Shefford, Berkshire, 16 Sept. 1881; d London, 17 Sept. 1964).British writer on art. In 1910 he met Roger Fry and quickly became his chief apostle in helping to spread an appreciation of ...
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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Georgian, 1715–1760 (rev. edn, 1965 ), Mid‐Georgian, 1760–1800 (rev. edn, 1963 ), and Late Georgian, 1800–1840 ( 1958 ). The spirit of the series was continued with different publishers to include Mark Girouard , The Victorian Country House (rev. edn, 1979 ), and Clive Aslet , The Last Country Houses ( 1982 ), with a postscript by John Martin Robinson , The Latest Country Houses ( 1984 ), which brings the story into the post‐war period. Complementing this series for the earlier period is Margaret Wood, The English Mediaeval House ( 1965...

Julian Heward Bell

Julian Heward Bell  

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(1908 –37),was born in London, the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell and the nephew of Virginia Woolf. He was educated at Leighton Park School, a Quaker institution, and ...
Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell  

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(b London, 30 May 1879; d Firle, Sussex, 7 Apr. 1961).British painter and designer. She married Clive Bell in 1907, and like him and her sister Virginia Woolf was ...
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Raymond Kenneth Elliott  

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(1924–)Ray Elliott was born in Plymouth on 6 February 1924. After working locally as a clerk and then doing war service, he studied English at Oxford, graduating in 1951. ...
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A rather bewildering, but once very fashionable term, devised by the English critic Clive Bell (1881–1964) to denote ‘the quality that distinguishes works of art from all other classes of objects’. ...

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