Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beatitudes of Love from the 1930s from Stanley Spencer 1891-1959



Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Contemplation 1938


In his Beatitudes series, Spencer brings together countless aspects of life, including love, sexuality, religion, reality, and fantasy.  Of these paintings, Spencer wrote, "I love them from within outwards and whatever that outward appearance may be it is an exquisite reminder of what is loved within, no matter what that exterior appearance may be."  Spencer explained in the 1930s, "There are two joys, the joys of innocence and religiousness and the joys of change and sexual experience and while these two selves seem unrelated and irreconcilable, still I am convinced of their ultimate union."


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Consciousness


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Passion or Desire


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Romantic Meeting


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Worship


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Knowing


Our Swans & Stanley Spencer 1891-1959



Stanley Spencer (English artist, 1891-1959) Swan Upping at Cookham c 1915-19


Nearly daily for the past 10 years, we have driven by a farm pond which was home to a pair of beautiful white swans & their offspring.  Last summer, the swans disappeared, and the farm house, barn, & all outbuildings were razed.  Now no swans, no offspring this year as we drive by.  Heartbreaking.  Here are a few of Spencer's more spiritual swans...


Stanley Spencer (English artist, 1891-1959) Separating Fighting Swans c 1933

Hero worship by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959



Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Adoration of Old Men


There are still a few truly amazing heros to be found...


Christ in the Wilderness by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959



Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Driven by the Spirit
"And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness." Mark 1:12
Stanley Spencer was born in Cookham, England, in 1892, one of 11 children. His grandfather was the village builder. His father William was a professional musician & organist at a nearby church, with a passion for reading & discussing the Bible out loud with his family each evening.


2 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959)Awaking
"I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before thee." Luke 15:18


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959)He Departed
"And when he had sent them away he departed into a mountain to pray." Mark 6:46


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) The Eagles
"For wheresover the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Matthew 24:28


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) The Foxes Have Holes
"And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." Matthew 8:20


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) The Hen
"...how often would I have gathered my children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings..." Matthew 23:37


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) The Scorpion
"Behold, I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891 – 1959) Condsider the Lilies
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Matthew 6:28-29

Women with Pet Birds in Cages by American Frederick Frieseke 1874-1939


Frederick Frieseke (American painter, 1874-1939) The Open Window The Bird Cage 1910


Frederick Frieseke (American painter, 1874-1939) The Bird Cage 1910



Frederick Frieseke (American painter, 1874-1939) Bird in a Cage



Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Madame Frieseke