Thursday, April 17, 2014


The Last Supper

Stanley Spencer (1891-1951) was an English artist, who before World War I enjoyed a steady faith, in which he experienced much love with few shadows in his life. When he returned from the war his faith was shattered. While he held fast to love as a central theme of his faith, he never recovered his almost childlike trust.

Stanley, who seems to be largely know outside England, painted this work not long after the war for a private chapel belonging to Sir Henry Slesser, a prominent Catholic. His images remind one of dreams and symbolism, yet there is an almost amusing aspect to this work.

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