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In Focus: Stanley Spencer - A Panorama of Life

This one room display is part of the international celebrations of the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA (1891-1959) taking place throughout 2016.

A Panorama of Life brings together paintings, drawings and archive material from the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, exhibited alongside work by Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton from the Jerwood Collection. 

It focuses on Spencer’s affection for the ordinary, everyday domestic life, and the spiritual significance and profound satisfaction that he saw in daily work. His deeply felt Christian beliefs and love for his home village of Cookham were closely linked. 

‘When I see ordinary circumstances I seem to see the whole of which it forms a part.  All these isolated happenings touch in a conception of life which I call religious; they tell of it and there is a truth in their revealing. I like to celebrate all loveable acts.  All ordinary acts such as sewing on a button are religious things and part of perfection.’ - Stanley Spencer

Spencer is best known for his paintings of resurrection scenes in English villages, and his Sandham Memorial Chapel, which has been described as one of the greatest artistic glories in northern Europe.

The exhibition marks the 125th Anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and coincides with the publication of Sir Stanley Spencer’s autobiography Looking to Heaven: Volume 1 (Unicorn Press). 


Image: Stanley Spencer, Neighbours, 1936 © the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Courtesy Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham.

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