VIRGINIA WOOLF: ART, LIFE AND VISION
The National Portrait Gallery
Delve into the eventful and interesting life of the English writer Virginia Woolf, considered to be one of the most important writers of the 20th century. The National Portrait Gallery is showcasing a very personal look into Woolf’s life before, at the height, and the tragic end to her career.
Woolf had a modern approach to writing, she was inspired by avant-garde, her Bloomsbury group friends but mostly from her real life experiences. Woolf touched on important issues within her writing, such as feminism, depression and homosexuality. She had a voice and used it. Woolf was considered a significant figure in the London literacy society. She began writing in 1900 for The Times Literacy Supplement about the Brontë literacy family. Her first book The Voyage Out was published in 1915, inspired by her own personal emotions and experiences of sexuality and death. To The Lighthouse (1927) was considered by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 best English language novels. Again, the book was Woolf’s own experiences and thoughts on childhood and adult relationships.
Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision lets you see rare belongings of letters, diaries and books exposing Woolf’s thoughts, as if she is in the room with you. Black and white atmospheric photographs of Woolf taken by Man Ray and colourful characteristic portraits by Roger Fry. As well as photographs of family and friends.
Be inspired and get to know Virginia Woolf in an intimate setting. A writer who is still relevant today and should not be ignored.
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.” - Virginia Woolf.
Listen to Patrick Wolf - To The Lighthouse, inspired by Virginia Woolf.
Article by Bronwyn Stemp.