Duncan Grant’s ‘Private Collection’
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Published in: November-December 2006 issue.


By all rights, British artist Duncan Grant (1885–1978) should need no introduction. At the height of his career in the 1930’s, he was known worldwide, and his art was collected by the major museums within, as well as by many of those outside, the British Empire. Following World War II, however, his work fell into critical disfavor, and his artistic reputation has only been partly resuscitated even today.

Grant was not just an artist, he was a gay artist who lived a highly unconventional life in an era not known for its friendliness toward gay people.

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