On her own terms
Vanessa Bell is often subsumed as an artist into the whole Bloomsbury group, where she can feel like a shadowy figure behind Duncan Grant, rather than an equally interesting and important artist of that time. She didn't stand still, she was influenced by the Post Impressionists and by Matisse in her early years, but she developed her own styles over time, painting subjects she was interested in, decorating her homes as she wanted, and designing fabrics that still look modern a hundred years after she designed them.
As I walked around the exhibition, I did wonder whether some of the more dismissive of her critics would have the same opinion if she was male. Her work is often ignored as it seems to concentrate on home and family, or stories about her private life threaten to overwhelm her achievements.