Artwork of the Week – Stanley Spencer


Liverpool artwork of the week 2008 No. 2. The Resurrection, Cookham 1924-7 by Stanley Spencer at Tate Liverpool January 15 to April 27 2008

Another top exhibition opens at Tate Liverpool this week in the Wolfson Gallery on the ground floor. Its Free.

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) became an important figure in British art during the first half of the twentieth century. Though he painted a variety of subjects he is best known, and loved, for his paintings that fuse everyday life with religious themes. His works concentrate on descriptive detail, incident and anecdote, which combined with his visionary and imaginative spiritualism make manifest the sacred in the everyday.

Devoutly Christian, Spencer’s faith defined both the subjects of his paintings and their stylistic treatment. In large-scale paintings intended to recall religious frescos or altarpieces, Spencer depicted incidents inspired by the Bible. The scenes and events were however transferred to the familiar setting of Cookham, the Berkshire village on the banks of the River Thames in which he had lived since a child, and other close-knit communities such as the Clyde shipbuilders of Glasgow. Through his art he sought to discover the sacred in the daily lives of ordinary working British people and to show that all parts of life are touched by spirituality.

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