Item Number: 113040
Title: STANLEY SPENCER and the English Garden
Author: Parissien, Steven (ed)
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Description: London: Holberton, 2011. 26cm., pbk., 96pp., 43 color illus. Exhibition held at Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Summary: Stanley Spencer (1891Ė1959) is perhaps best known for his mystical biblical scenes and candid self-portraits, but it was his magnificent paintings of gardens, houses and landscapes, set in the small alleys and overgrown backyards of his home village of Cookham, which proved more popular during his lifetime. Published to accompany an exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, this book is the first to focus specifically on Spencerís landscape paintings, and to consider them as a group, rather than as punctuation marks between the figure paintings. The artistís depictions of suburban environments are examined in the context of the rapid urbanization that took place in the English countryside between the two world wars, and the enduring English obsession with gardens.
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