Gilbert Spencer
The Crucifixion 1915

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Gilbert Spencer 1892–1979
The Crucifixion
Date 1915
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 864 x 991 mm
frame: 1045 x 1164 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Not on display

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Gilbert Spencer painted this for himself while he was a student at the Slade School of Art. There was no commission, but he was aware that he would soon be enrolled in the army,  which probably affected his choice of such a violent subject.

The style and subject resemble the paintings of Gilbert’s elder brother Stanley; it is set in Cookham Meadow, where they both lived. The activity shown also looks as though it might have been a study of how to lift a large wooden object on a farm.

September 2004

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