Sir Stanley Spencer

BLUEBELLS, CORNFLOWERS AND RHODODENDRONS

BLUEBELLS, CORNFLOWERS AND RHODODENDRONS

1945 Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 − 1959)

During the Second World War Spencer was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1940 to document life in the shipyards on the River Clyde in Port Glasgow. Spencer’s dealer, Dudley Tooth, had approached the committee to ask if Spencer could be found a job as sales of his work had slumped due to the war and he was in danger of becoming destitute. In Glasgow Spencer found lodgings at the Glencairn boarding house where this picture was painted. Such were his financial difficulties that the artist had to work on both the shipyard paintings and a series of landscapes whilst complaining that they ‘absorb every bit of my energy and concentration and when I attempt to switch from one or the other work suffers … but as far as I can see I must try once again to arouse interest in my landscapes and do as many as I can’.

  • Accession Number P173
  • Dimensions 51 X 76 CM
  • Media OIL ON CANVAS

Past exhibitions

FROM DESTRUCTION TO ABSTRACTION BRITISH ART IN THE 1940S AND 1950S

  • 2008
    • Syria, Damascus, University Of Damascus

SUMMER EXHIBITION

  • 2004
    • UK, Cookham, Stanley Spencer Gallery

GARDENS AND FLOWERS

  • 1995
    • UK, Cookham, Stanley Spencer Gallery

SUMMER EXHIBITION

  • 1995
    • UK, Cookham, Stanley Spencer Gallery

FOR A WIDER WORLD

  • 1991
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, Cyril Methodius Foundation
    • Belgium, Luxembourg, Musee National D'histoire Et D'art
  • 1990
    • Ussr, Kiev, Ukrainian Museum Of Fine Art

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING 1900-1962

  • 1964
    • Romania, Palace Of Culture
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbach Palace & Palffy Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, ULUV Exhibition Hall
  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

JELENKORI BRIT FESTESZET

  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1959
    • Mauritius, Mauritius
  • 1958
    • South Africa, Port Elizabeth, King George VI Art Gallery
    • Dar Es Salaam
    • Rhodesia, Ndola
    • Uganda, Kampala, British Council Office - Kampala
  • 1957
    • Kenya, Mombassa, Mombassa
    • Kenya, Nairobi, National Gallery And Museum
    • Zanzibar
    • Blantyre-Limbe
    • Moshi

BRITISH ART 1900-1955

  • 1956
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus
    • Denmark, Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen

INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION

  • 1952
    • Japan, Sapporo, Marui Gallery
    • Japan, Kyoto, Metropolitan Art Gallery
    • Japan, Fukuoka, Itwataya Gallery
    • Japan, Osaka, Juuge Gallery
    • Japan, Nagoya, Matsuzakaya Gallery
    • Japan, Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Gallery

CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS

  • 1951
    • New Zealand, Auckland, Aukland City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Wellington, National Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • 1950
    • New Zealand, Christchurch, Robert Mcdougall Art Gallery
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