Stanley Spencer: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings
Artist(s): Stanley Spencer
Author(s): Keith Bell
Year published: 1992
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 544
Illustrations: 314 colour, 150 b&w images
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Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of the outstanding painters of the twentieth century. Highly controversial and single-minded in the pursuit of his personal vision, he often suffered neglect and hostility; ultimately, he has tended to be seen as an eccentric visionary. However, his contribution to British art and his true stature as an artist are now recognized internationally.
Keith Bell’s comprehensive catalogue raisonné of Spencer’s work was recognized as a major contribution to Spencer studies when it was published in 1992, and it remains the essential reference work. This monograph is wonderfully presented, bearing an appealing aesthetic that matches the distinctive style of the artist whose work it projects.