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Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979):
The Swedish Girl
Unframed (ref: 9271)
Oil on Canvas, on board
14 1/2 x 10 in. (37 x 26 cm.)
Provenance: The Artist's Family
Gilbert Spencer was a hugely celebrated artist in his own lifetime, supported by some of the most important and colourful patrons around. Today, his work has been eclipsed by that of his brother, Stanley; though ironically, Stanley himself considered Gilbert to be the finer draughtsman. Gilbert was certainly a more committed landscape painter, adding his unique voice to the great tradition of English pastoral painting.
His figure compositions - which gently transform scenes of everyday life into ethereal subjects - are also remarkable and merit a reassessment. The Swedish Girl is one such image, and captures the unknown sitter with delicateness and a lightness of touch.