Fry, Roger (Eliot)


Fry, Roger (Eliot)

biographical name

(born Dec. 14, 1866, London, Eng.—died Sept. 9, 1934, London) British art critic and artist. He gave up a career in science to study art in Italy. As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1906–10), he discovered the work of the Post-Impressionists, and in 1910 he introduced Post-Impressionism to Britain by organizing the first of two highly significant exhibitions. With Clive Bell, Fry preached the importance of “significant form” over content in the artwork. Associated with the Bloomsbury group, he and several group members cofounded the Omega Workshops for arts and crafts in 1913. He was known as a brilliant lecturer and the author of numerous books.

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