Ruskin Spear
Professor Carel Weight 1961

Artwork details

Ruskin Spear 1911–1990
Professor Carel Weight
Date 1961
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1441 x 1162 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1962
Not on display

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Carel Weight and Ruskin Spear both taught at the Royal College of Art, where this portrait was painted. A painting by David Hockney, who was then one of Weight’s pupils, rests on an easel in the background.

Spear rarely idealises the people in his portraits. Here he shows Weight with dropping shoulders, ruffled hair and a dream-like expression on his face. By painting in this objective style, Spear communicates his empathy and, in this case, his close friendship with the sitter. 

September 2004

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