Julia Strachey by Dora Carrington

Julia Strachey by Dora Carrington

Julia Strachey
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection

This impressionistic portrait of the writer Julia Strachey depicted in a bold and vibrant palette and a golden light is typical of some of Carrington’s earlier works. The subject’s guarded expression and steady gaze suggest a woman with a clever wit and a critical eye. The severity of her expression balanced by the softness and colour of her clothing provides a visual balance between softness and strength, between the intellectual and the more worldly.

Dora Carrington 1893-1932

Dora Carrington
The Bloomsbury Group Artists, Proto-Feminist Artists
Born: 29 March 1893, Hereford, England
Nationality: British
Died: 11 March 1932, Newbury, England

Carrington was a painter and decorative artist, associated with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey. She was known simply by her surname as she considered “Dora” to be vulgar and sentimental