4 may 2007
Romance at Short Notice
6 may 2007
Stanley Spencer, Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing-Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916
Spencer wrote: 'This picture is not in any material or practical sense a truthful representation of the scene it is supposed to depict.'
All of the commentaries talk about about the spiritual aspects of
the picture; Spencer himself was keen to emphasise 'God in the bare
real things, in a limber wagon, in ravines, in fouling mule lines'. But
what no-one mentions is what seems clearest to me, that one of the
strongest echoes here is of a Nativity/Epiphany scene: the mules
looking into the circle of light at a helpless recumbent figure.
per cancellos fenestrae . . .
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- Auden & MacNeice, Letters from Iceland
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But the question would never have arisen if he'd looked at a runner, because a running man is obviously always somewhere. Greece, it usually was in those days.