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Distortion and love : an anthropological reading of the art and life of Stanley Spencer

Author: Nigel Rapport
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats

Devoted to his native village of Cookham-on-Thames, Stanley Spencer painted not only landscapes and portraits with loving detail but also the 'memory-feelings' which he felt were a 'sacred' part of  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Stanley Spencer, Sir; Stanley Spencer, Sir; Stanley Spencer, Sir
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Rapport
ISBN: 9781472461353 1472461355
OCLC Number: 929624316
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface. Part I An Introduction to Stanley Spencer, Distortion, and Methodology: The anthropological project; Introducing Stanley Spencer as painter and as public figure; Introducing distortion as a concept; Methodological considerations, and doubts. Part II Stanley Spencer's Vision: Painting love and redemption: Stanley's metaphysics; Inspiration and the creative process: 'definition through passion'; First conversation: 'what kind of art is Stanley Spencer's'?; 1932 to 1938: 'the beatitudes of love'; Distortion and Stanley's reaction to it; Second conversation: 'what do Stanley Spencer's distortions mean?'. Part III A Human Document: Distortion in individual consciousness and in social relations, and love; Third conversation: 'the Stanley Spencer Gallery as labour of love?'. Bibliography; Indexes.
Responsibility: Nigel Rapport (University of St. Andrews, UK).


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