Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Churchill on Canvas; Paintings by British Statesman Winston Churchill Are the Subject of an Exhibition at the Kemper

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Churchill on Canvas; Paintings by British Statesman Winston Churchill Are the Subject of an Exhibition at the Kemper

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Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the great British statesmen, twice serving as prime minister (1940-45 and 1951-55) and leaving an indelible mark on history. What's lesser known is that he also left his mark on the arts not only as a writer but as a painter.

"The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill," on view Friday through Feb. 14 at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, showcases works by the man who is perhaps best known for leading England during World War II. The exhibition represents 40 loans from public and private collections in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom including the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Chartwell, the historic Churchill family estate in Kent, England.

The fact that the paintings have a famous name attached to them should not distract viewers from their value as artworks, says Timothy Riley, paintings curator for the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton.

"Certainly, the name 'Churchill' attracts an interested audience," Riley says. "There's a curiosity about his work. But when they see it in person, people say, 'I had no idea he was actually quite good.'"

The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Churchill Museum and the Kemper. On view are paintings spanning five decades, the earliest created in 1915. Churchill's painterly expression ranges from landscapes and seascapes reflecting his love of pastoral surroundings to still life studies and portraiture. …

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