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Stanley Spencer’s paintings aren’t always easy to like, but they are hard to ignore. As the sub-title of Andrew Causey’s new book (my Book of the Week) implies, Spencer’s paintings don’t set out to please, but rather to reflect the artist’s own singular internal vision. ‘Stanley Spencer explored fundamental issues of life with an urgency and persistence unique among British artists […]
Lund Humphries Landmarks – Paul Nash: paintings, drawings and illustrations, edited by Margot Eates, with essays by Herbert Read, John Rothenstein, E.H. Ramsden and Philip James (1948)
Posted onAndrew Causey describes Paul Nash’s extensive involvement in preparing the book on his work which was in the end published posthumously by Lund Humphries in 1948. Paul Nash had been preparing for at least two years before his death in 1946 material for the book which Lund Humphries would publish in due course. He collected black-and-white prints […]
Posted on‘Art is not a plaything’, wrote painter-poet Isaac Rosenberg in 1912. He was by all accounts a serious, sensitive young man. When Rosenberg was first introduced in 1911 to the group of East End writers and artists known as the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, aspiring writer Joseph Leftwich described him as ‘depressingly self-absorbed … he did not smile once all that first […]
Posted onBritish artist Stanley Spencer’s (1891-1959) cycle of 19 paintings from Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere have gone on display at Somerset House in London (until 26 January 2014). It is only the second time in 80 years that the canvasses, painted to commemorate the First World War and based on Spencer’s own wartime experiences (as an orderly […]
Posted onHow best to summarise the achievement of Paul Nash? There is so much. We think we know him from those iconic paintings of the desolation of the First World War, or the famous Surrealist Landscape from a Dream in the Tate, or his more recognisably English landscapes, or the Second World War painting Totes Meer. But […]
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