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Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
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Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)

Beatitudes VI (Consciousness)

Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
Beatitudes VI (Consciousness)
signed and dated 'Stanley/Spencer/1937.' (lower right) and inscribed 'Consciousness' (on the reverse)
pencil, squared for transfer
20 5/8 x 17 in. (52.4 x 43.2 cm.)
with Zwemmer Gallery, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 June 2002, lot 143A.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 June 2005, lot 75, where purchased by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The present work is a study for one of the works in Spencer's sexually explicit series, The Beatitudes of Love which he painted between September 1937 and October 1938 whilst living on his own, having been rejected by both Hilda and Patricia. In this series Spencer explored the relationships between imaginary couples, giving them fictional characters, names and occupations, and accompanying the works with long and erotic accounts of their sexual activities. In Consciousness he invented 'cowman and wife', commenting that their distorted figures reflect that they have so much to express and so much to say to each other (see K. Bell, Stanley Spencer A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, London, 1992, pp. 146-147, 459).

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