Painting in circles and loving in triangles: the Bloomsbury Group’s queer ways of seeing

Dearest, at this moment I would give my soul to the Devil if I could kiss you and be kissed In the summer of 1908, the Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant wrote anguished letters to his sometime lover and lifelong friend, the economist John Maynard Keynes. In the infancy of their romance, the pair had been forced to spend time apart while Grant holidayed with family friends, a period of separation which served only to deepen their emotional closeness. Absence, after all, makes the heart grow fonder. Grant’s letters expose a longing for the comfort of commonality, the security we find

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