Saturday, April 26, 2014

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959

Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) Christ's Entry into Jerusalem 1920

In ''Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem,'' the scene is set in the High Street at Cookham, Spencer's home village. Here townsfolk run down their garden paths, trampling their precious dooryard plants, to watch and join the amazing procession.

"When I was young about the village as a child, I was aware of a wonderful something which was everywhere to be felt, it was bang all around me, it was heaven as clear as the Cookham day"   Stanley Spencer

To Spencer it was all quite simple. Why shouldn't Christ carry his Cross through the High Street, past brick houses & iron railings, beneath the gaze of women who watch from windows, where lace curtains blow?