Portrait of Ottoline Morrell
A original woodblock print of Simon Bussy's "Portrait of Lady Ottoline Morrell" after his oil painting.
Printed in 1970 by John Henn from the original block (not a lithograph) owned by The Folio Society.
26cm x 20cm
This image is from the original block (not a lithograph) - A limited edition lithograph of the original woodblock image was also produced and sold at Christies in 2014 for £850
Albert Simon Aimé Bussy (30 June 1870 – 22 May 1954) was a French painter who married the English novelist Dorothy Bussy. He knew and painted many members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Bussy was born in Dole and came from a family of shoemakers. He went from the drawing school in Dole to Gustave Moreau's studio in the École des beaux-arts de Paris, where he met and became a life-long friend with Henri Matisse. He received an honorable mention in 1894 at the Salon des artistes français for his Le Joueur de clarinette and Saint Georges terrassant le dragon. He showed a Portrait of Albert Machado in 1896. In 1897 he had hist first solo exhibition at the Durand-Ruel gallery in Paris.
In 1901 Bussy visited London, where he came into contact with members of some English artistic circles, especially the Bloomsbury Group, and where he met Dorothy Strachey, who became his wife in 1903. Shortly after the wedding Simon and Dorothy moved to Roquebrune Cap Martin, in the south of France, where they bought a small house that soon became a meeting point for both French and English artists, writers and intellectuals. In addition to Dorothy's brother, the historian Lytton Strachey, and his cousin, the painter Duncan Grant, others included Rudyard Kipling, André Gide, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Mark Gertler, Paul Valéry, Virginia Woolf, and Bernard Berenson. The painters Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault also visited.