Thursday, March 21, 2013
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."
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...
"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.
"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
"And when he had sent them away he departed into a mountain to pray." Mark 6:46
"For wheresover the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Matthew 24:28
"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
"...how often would I have gathered my children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings..." Matthew 23:37
"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
"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
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