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George Bell

1951
Louis Kahan AO

pen and ink on paper (sheet: 37.8 cm x 27.5 cm)

George Bell studied in Melbourne and Paris, and was elected a member of the Modern Society of Portrait Painters, London, in 1908. After spending 17 years abroad, including a period as an official war artist, he returned to Australia in 1920 and began teaching privately in 1922. In 1932 he founded the Bell-Shore school, which became the centre of the modern movement in Melbourne. In his Foreward to Classical Modernism, James Mollison wrote, 'Bell occupies a unique position in the development of Australian art. After spending a significant portion of his career working in a traditional manner, he was converted to modern art and spent the remainder of his life instilling its principles into two generations of Australian painters.'

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998
© Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2022

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Artist and subject

Louis Kahan AO (age 46 in 1951)

George Bell OBE (age 73 in 1951)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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