Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer From the Artist’s Window, Cookham 1938

I find it fascinating that in this window scene Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) didn't feel the need to include more than a scrap of the actual window frame. As a result, the yellow flowers in the foreground seem to become part of this jumbled view of his beloved town. Did you know while attending the Slade School of Art in London, Spencer would return to Cookham by train every day in time for tea? His classmates took to calling him "Cookham", which he didn't mind. 

It may be just my taste, but I love finding Spencer paintings that are not religious or epic narratives. As usual, Spencer seems to revel in detail and complexity of design, with everything in clear focus, even things in the distance.

Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all.
-Stanley Spencer

Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email an image along with a few sentences about the work.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Taryn for bringing us these artists! This is a compelling painting. It's very different from what I would normally like but I find his approach with the flowers on the window sill to be very interesting. Your blog prompted me to look this artist up since I was not familiar with his work. He seems to have been an unusual fellow with a bizarre life!


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