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1. Why were the Bloomsbury Group so named?

A.  'Bloomsbury' was a publishing house set up by the group to publish the writings of its literary members.
B. 'Bloomsbury' is an area of central London where many of the key members lived.
C. 'Bloomsbury' was a cruel nickname used by an art critic, dismissing what he thought was their too-flowery painting style.
D. 'Bloomsbury' was the name of the country house that Vanessa Bell shared with Duncan Grant.
Bloomsbury artists and friends
Bloomsbury artists and friends

© Tate Archive, 2003


2. Bloomsbury is known for the complex relationships between its members. Which of the following statements are true?

A. Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf were sisters.

B. Clive Bell was the brother of Vanessa Bell.

C. Duncan Grant and Roger Fry were cousins.

D. Lytton Strachey and Duncan Grant were cousins.


3. Which of the following statements about the Bloomsbury artists are true?

A.  Although she exhibited her paintings in many important group exhibitions, Vanessa Bell had no solo exhibitions of her work.
B. Duncan Grant worked as a war artist during World War I.
C. Although an important critic and curator, Roger Fry had no interest in making art.
D. The Bloomsbury painters were among the first British artists to make purely abstract art.
Vanessa Bell, Abstract Painting, circa 1914
Vanessa Bell, Abstract Painting, circa 1914
© 1961 Estate of Vanessa Bell


4. In what year did the Omega Workshops open?

A. 1906

B. 1910

C. 1913

D. 1919

Invitation to the opening of the Omega Workshops
© Henrietta Garnett. All rights reserved

Invitation to the opening of the Omega Workshops


5. Who wrote the important British modernist book Vision and Design, published in 1920?

A. Clive Bell

B. Virginia Woolf

C. Lytton Strachey

D. Roger Fry


6. Which of the following artists were included in the Second Post Impressionist Exhibition organised by Roger Fry?

A. Henri Matisse

B. Duncan Grant

C. James Abbot McNeill Whistler

D. Paul CÚzanne

E. Stanley Spencer


7. In what year did Vanessa Bell move with her family to Charleston Farmhouse?

A. 1904

B. 1914

C. 1916

D. 1926

Charleston Farmhouse
© Tate Archive, 2003


Charleston Farmhouse


8. Duncan Grant and Roger Fry collaborated on murals for the dining hall of which higher education institution?

A. Battersea Polytechnic

B. Kings College, Cambridge

C. Bedford College, London

D. Borough Polytechnic
Duncan Grant, Bathing, 1911. © Tate Archive, 2003
Duncan Grant, Bathing, 1911
© Tate, London 2002