By Ken Pople
Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959) has lately been known via a large common public, in addition to by means of paintings historians, as one of the best English painter of the 20th century.
His unusual and exciting settings of biblical and semi-biblical scenes, his grippingly realist pix, his excessive English landscapes, cling in satisfaction of position in our nationwide collections and fetch ever-escalating costs at public sale. even though there were many books approximately Spencer, Pople's biography is the 1st to offer a completely convincing and coherent account of the existence and psyche of the guy who produced those awesome photographs. Pople has not just had the co-operation of Spencer's daughters and last pals' he has had unrestricted entry to the artist's letters, diaries and different writings, and has spent ten years unravelling the general yet so usually impenetrable mysteries we see at the canvas. His research demonstrates that there by no means was once as artist for whom lifestyles and paintings have been rather a lot of a section, and that with out figuring out Spencer's doings and conditions, we don't have any desire of realizing his paintings.
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