Stanley Spencer Madonna Lilies oil on canvas 1935
Sir Stanley Spencer once said "When I see anything, I see everything". His relatively rare paintings of flowers or non-peopled landscapes have the same intense focus and detail of his narrative work, but with perhaps a less highly-charged complexity of meaning.
The tree bark is painted with a brilliant combination of careful detail and subtle softness, and the distant windows move back in space clearly and cleanly without fussy atmospheric effects.
Stanley Spencer, Self Portrait 1959
In honor of Lisa Daria Kennedy's beautiful flower paintings, we'll spend the month of August considering paintings, drawings and photographs of flowers. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph of a flower that you admire (someone else's work) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.