Roger Fry was born in London. Studied painting under Francis Bate in London and at the Academie Julian in Paris. Returned to London in 1893 and worked under Sickert. Elected a member of NEAC the same year. In 1903 held his first solo show at the Carfax Gallery. Founder of Omega Workshops. Organised two post impressionist exhibitions in London in 1910 and 1912. Member of London Group in 1918.
|Roger Fry in 1912|
English theorist, critic and painter. He regarded the activity of painting as central to his life and continued to paint and exhibit throughout his career. Although critical opinion has never been high, his art stands out consistently for its intellectual clarity of construction. In 1903 he helped found the Burlington Magazine.
Fry's life and career underwent abrupt changes in 1910. He opened the exhibition Manet and the Post-Impressionists at the Grafton Galleries. This, with the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition effectively brought the British public up to date with developments in art that had taken place in France over the previous 30 years, and radically altered Fry's reputation. He was regarded in England as the apostle of modern art. He was involved with various artists' groups and was the prime mover behind the Omega Workshops, which flourished between 1913 and 1919.
With the appearance in 1920 of Vision and Design, a collection of articles and essays, Fry's influence as a critic and arbiter of taste was further extended.
His work as critic and exhibition organiser was for some time regarded as an innovative and advantageous influence upon modern art in Britain. However, opinion subsequently viewed his legacy as restrictive and unsupportive of British traditions.
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