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Stanley Spencer (circle)
Reflected Female Nude with Artist - British Slade Sch 30's portrait oil painting

Circa 1930

$9,784.63

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This stunning British Slade School nude portrait oil painting is attributed to the circle of Stanley Spencer. The painting was painted in the 1930's in a realistic palette and shows incredible artistry catching the luminosity of the sitter's skin. The composition is also very interesting. The painting is of a nude woman seated on a white satin cloth, her naked back reflected in a mirror behind her. Also partially reflected is the male artist at his easel. It is a fantastic example of a reflected nude painting made more intriguing as it includes a glimpse of the artist. To add yet more interest, on the reverse of the canvas is another oil painting by the same hand. This painting is an interior scene with two young sisters. Housed in a stunning reeded gilded frame, 46 inches by 38 inches and in good condition. Provenance. Midlands estate. Sir Stanley Spencer, CBE RA (30 June 1891 – 14 December 1959) was an English painter. Shortly after leaving the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Spencer referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven" and in his biblical scenes, fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts. Spencer was skilled at organising multi-figure compositions such as in his large paintings for the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series, the former being a First World War memorial while the latter was a commission for the War Artists' Advisory Committee during the Second World War. As his career progressed Spencer often produced landscapes for commercial necessity and the intensity of his early visionary years diminished somewhat while elements of eccentricity came more to the fore. Although his compositions became more claustrophobic and his use of colour less vivid he maintained an attention to detail in his paintings akin to that of the Pre-Raphaelites. Spencer's works often express his fervent if unconventional Christian faith. This is especially evident in the scenes that he based in Cookham which show the compassion that he felt for his fellow residents and also his romantic and sexual obsessions. Spencer's works originally provoked great shock and controversy. Nowadays, they still seem stylistic and experimental, while the nude works depicting his futile relationship with his second wife, Patricia Preece, such as the Leg of mutton nude, foreshadow some of the much later works of Lucian Freud. Spencer's early work is regarded as a synthesis of French Post-Impressionism, exemplified for instance by Paul Gauguin, plus early Italian painting typified by Giotto. In later life Spencer remained an independent artist and did not join any of the artistic movements of the period, although he did show three works at the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition in 1912.

Details

  • Creator
    Stanley Spencer (circle)
  • Creation Year
    Circa 1930
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU85317284212

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