Roger Fry (Painter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Roger Fry

Roger Eliot Fry was an English painter and critic, and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Establishing his reputation as a scholar of the Old Masters, he became an advocate of more recent developments in French painting, to which he gave the name Post-Impressionism. He was the first figure to raise public awareness of modern art in Britain, and emphasised the formal properties of paintings over the “associated ideas” conjured in the viewer by their representational content. He was described by the art historian Kenneth Clark as “incomparably the greatest influence on taste since Ruskin… In so far as taste can be changed by one man, it was changed by Roger Fry”. The taste Fry influenced was primarily that of the Anglophone world, and his success lay largely in alerting an educated public to a compelling version of recent artistic developments of the Parisian avant-garde.

Born: December 16, 1866, St Pancras, London, England
Died: September 09, 1934, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, England
Nationality: British
Education: Clifton College
Alma mater: King’s College, Cambridge
Occupation: Artist and art critic
Known for: Member of the Bloomsbury Group

About Roger Fry

English painter associated with the Bloomsbury Group and Post-Impressionism and known for works such as “River with Poplars” from 1912.

Before Fame

He was born into an affluent Quaker family and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He belonged to the Cambridge Apostles while there.


He had a career as an art critic and helped to establish The Burlington Magazine, a British art history publication.

Family Life

He married and had two children with artist Helen Coombe. Coombe entered a mental institution in 1910 and Fry raised his children with the help of his sister Joan.


His biography was written by Virginia Woolf.

Information related to Roger Fry

  • Fry family
  • Bloomsbury Group
  • English art critics
  • People associated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • People educated at Clifton College
  • English Quakers

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Latest information about Roger Fry updated on September 08, 2020.

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