Exhibition - Stanley Spencer in Cookham
November 2013 - 3 March 2014
name is synonymous with picturesque Thames-side Cookham, the
village he immortalised, termed by him his earthly paradise.
For him it was the scene of heavenly visitations. This exhibition
celebrates his response to Cookham, whether in figure paintings,
drawings or landscapes.
exhibition includes the gallery’s latest acquisition, a striking
study for the picture The
Beatitudes of Love: Consciousness, made in 1937, the year
of his divorce and failed second marriage. At a time when
his life had gone disastrously awry, he embarked without a
sense of irony on The
Beatitudes of Love series, featuring couples, or husbands
and wives. For more information
Exhibition 2014 - Centenary of First World War
Next summer's exhibition at the Gallery, which runs from April through to
October 2014, is entitled 'Paradise Regained. Spencer in the Aftermath of
the First World War'.
The theme, timed to coincide with the 2014
Centenary of the Great War, is to examine the effect this momentous event had
upon Stanley Spencer's art. On display will be key paintings from the period
through which the artist sought to regain the artistic vision he feared lost as
a result of the trauma of war. Also exhibited will be works and supplementary
material about Spencer's wartime experiences in Macedonia and the
planning of the Burghclere Chapel.
Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley
Spencer RA. (1891 - 1959)
The Stanley Spencer Gallery was first opened in 1962,
three years after the artist's death. It stands as a lasting memorial to
the man who became synonymous with the village of Cookham. He loved his
home; it gave him the strength and comfort he needed to be able to allow
his imagination to soar and to fully exploit his genius talent for drawing