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Stanley Spencer

A twentieth-century British master

Richard Heathcote, Anna Jug, Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer
Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of Britain's most significant twentieth-century painters. His extraordinary output of portraits, complex figure compositions and religious masterpieces stands comparison with the European greats of his time. Spencer was most famous (and occasionally infamous) for his celebration and immortalisation of his home village of Cookham and his fusion of the menial and the miraculous. Sex and saints, dirt and angels, the sacred and the profane: all these were melded together by his extraordinary sense of pattern and design. Although he never visited the antipodes, Spencer's work is in every major institution throughout Australia and New Zealand. Here, the impact of his work on these collections is explored for the first time.

Praise for Stanley Spencer:
'A fascinating visual feast.' - Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Arts Guide

Richard Heathcote is Director of Carrick Hill house museum and gardens in Adelaide, South Australia. Richard has previously published two books with Wakefield Press: Adrian Feint: Cornucopia and Carrick Hill: A portrait, a comprehensive history on the house and its collection.

Anna Jug is Associate Curator at Carrick Hill. Anna has worked on a number of Carrick Hill's exhibitions including Endless Pleasure: The art of gardens and gardening as well as Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940-2011.

Professor Paul Gough is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President at RMIT College of Design and Social Context in Melbourne, Victoria. He is author of Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere.

Ted Gott is Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He is co-author of Modern Britain 1900-1960: Masterworks from Australian and New Zealand Collections.

Published to coincide with the Carrick Hill exhibition Stanley Spencer: a twentieth century British Master.

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Format Jacketed hardback
Size 290 x 260 mm
ISBN 9781743054321
Extent 112 pages
Price: AU$49.95 including GST
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