Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sotheby's to offer a self-portrait of Sir Stanley Spencer as a youth painted in the year before his death

Sir Stanley Spencer's "Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta: Punts by the River," oil on canvas, (1958). Est. £3,000,000 – 5,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
LONDON---Stanley Spencer is an artist for whom the intimate and everyday was inseparable from the eternal and ineffable. His paintings transform ordinary people and familiar places, with his native village of Cookham portrayed as a Holy Land of miracles and divine intervention. Punts by the River belongs to his series ‘Christ Preaching from Cookham Regatta’, envisaged as one of six paintings to accompany his 17-foot-long centre piece of the subject that remained unfinished on his death and which now hangs at the Stanley Spencer gallery in Cookham. Having remained in the same private collection since it was acquired in 1959, the painting will go on view to the public for the first time since 1961, as part of Sotheby's Modern British Week exhibitions on Friday 8 – Tuesday 12 June 2018. [More]