Gilbert Spencer: The Life and Work of a Very English Artist

ISBN: 9780300269819
Artist(s): Gilbert Spencer
Author(s): Edited by Paul Gogh
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2024
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 400
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated

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This book will be published on 23 April 2024

The first biography of Gilbert Spencer, recounting the life and career of a long-overlooked twentieth-century British artist

Gilbert Spencer (1892–1979) was a British painter, muralist, illustrator, teacher, and writer whose career spanned more than six decades. Recognised during his lifetime as one of the leading artists of his generation, his reputation has long been overshadowed by his more famous brother, Stanley. Yet Spencer’s fascination with landscape and his ability to capture everyday life in rural England led to the creation of some of the most poignant artworks of the interwar period.

Drawing on a newly discovered archive of personal letters, notebooks, and diaries, this illustrated biography tells Spencer’s story for the first time. Bringing together his major paintings, drawings and illustrations, many never before seen, the book greatly expands our understanding of Spencer. It reassesses his status within twentieth-century British modernism and the revival of the landscape tradition, as well as the important role he played in the reinvigoration of public mural painting. Spencer is also reappraised as one of the most successful art teachers of his time, and his extensive influence on the lives and careers of many twentieth-century artists is explored in detail.


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