Spencer Gore

The Fig Tree

c.1912

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 760 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by J.W. Freshfield 1955
Reference
T00028

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Spencer Gore was drawn to scenes of everyday life in London. Here he shows the fig tree which grew in the garden next to his upstairs flat at Houghton Place, just off Mornington Crescent.

Gore often painted the view through the windows of houses where he lived. He produced a sequence of views of this tree in different seasons, perhaps inspired by Claude Monet’s series of paintings of haystacks, or Rouen Cathedral, under different lighting conditions.

Gallery label, September 2004

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