Winston Churchill was exposed to painting while on a family vacation in June 1915, at a time when his political career was at a low ebb. He continued to paint in his old age, producing almost 500 images of topics such as his goldfish pond at Chartwell and Marrakesh's landscapes and buildings. He also wrote several books on art.
Churchill began collecting paintings early in life, and by the 1920s he owned many modern works. After World War II, he acquired more modern art. His last purchase was Francis Bacon's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which he sent to Buckingham Palace before he died in April 1965.
An avid collector of antiquities and medals, he also commissioned portraits from important artists such as RA Cavafy and JR Tennant.
He is considered one of the greatest orators in history and served as prime minister of England from May 1940 until his death in April 1965.
According to historian John Carey, writing in the International Encyclopedia of Art, "No other single individual has had such an impact on world art as Churchill did during his lifetime."
Carey continues, "His interest in different cultures led him to collect artifacts from all over the world, which are now housed in various museums. This influence can be seen in Churchill's own style of oratory, which reflected his knowledge of different languages and cultures."
But his approach to painting was diametrically opposed to his approach to writing. While painting was difficult for him, writing came readily to him and was how he made a career for much of his life. Churchill did make a piece during World War II, despite the fact that he only painted in his spare time. He called this piece "The Battle of Britain."
Churchill's father was an attorney who made little money and his mother was a keen socialite who enjoyed hosting dinners and parties. He had a close-knit family who often went on vacation together. At age ten, he moved with his family to London where he lived until he was twenty-one. During this time, he read voraciously and developed an interest in politics and history. He also spent many hours playing sports (especially cricket) with friends at school and in the neighborhood.
After graduating from Harrow School with top marks in all subjects, he decided to pursue a career in politics. He never wanted for money since his father was well-off but he still felt compelled to work hard for what he got. When he wasn't working or studying, he used his free time to paint. He sold some of his works at first but soon became able to pay his bills with the money he made from his paintings.
Churchill began painting as an adult, at the age of 40, after a failed naval raid during World War I cost him the post of First Lord of the Admiralty. Despite this, he was a prolific artist, creating over 500 pieces throughout his career. The demand for the former prime minister's artwork is only growing. One of his most famous paintings, "The Fight Against Slavery" (1869), sold for $4.5 million in 2011.
He kept his talent secret from most everyone except his wife and a few close friends for most of his life. Even after he became prime minister in 1940, he continued to paint as a hobby. He died in April 1965, just before his nineieth birthday.
His son Randolph served as prime minister from 1955 to 1959. Another son, John, was also a painter who exhibited internationally. A daughter, Sarah, married the British photographer Cecil Beaton. Two more children died in childhood.
There are still many questions about Winston Churchill's private life that will never be answered. But one thing is certain: he was an amazing artist who painted mostly seascapes and scenes of war.
Churchill despised the image because he thought it was highly unattractive. The picture was transferred to his country residence at Chartwell after its official presentation but was not shown. Instead, it was stored in a dark room until 1951, when it was given to Lady Randolph Churchill.
Churchill hated the image because he thought it was unappealing. The portrait was transferred to his country residence at Chartwell after its official presentation but was not shown.
He disliked it because it was not him but an imitation. He said of the portrait: "I despise it. It is not me."
It is one of many portraits by George Romney that show Churchill with wavy or thinning hair. Although this appearance was common among men of their time, it is now considered unsightly.
Like many great artists, Churchill was not happy with the final product. He believed that the image was neither attractive nor representative of his true self. Despite this, he allowed it to be painted because he wanted Lady Randolph Churchill to have something valuable to hang on her wall.
Angelina Jolie's Churchill work fetches $11.5 million at Christie's. The painting, "Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque," was a present from Brad Pitt to Jolie and is thought to be Churchill's sole World War II landscape. LONDON – A artwork that was formerly held by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and later by his daughter-in-law Anna Eleanor Roosevelt has sold at Christie's auction house for $11.5 million.
The price makes this piece by British artist Paul Delaroche one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction. It surpasses the previous record holder - a work by Claude Monet titled "Waterloo Bridge" which sold for $10.9 million in 1990.
Delaroche was a French painter who became famous in the early 19th century for his historical scenes and military portraits. He was appointed professor of history painting at the Academy in 1835 and two years later was made a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. In 1840, he traveled to Algeria where he painted views of its capital city Algiers. Upon his return to France, he was commissioned to paint a series of allegories representing important events in French history. These paintings still exist today and can be seen in museums throughout Europe.
In 1845, Delaroche was asked by the British government to paint a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill.
Sir Winston Churchill's nephew, John George Spencer-Churchill (31 May 1909–23 June 1992), was an English painter, sculptor, and stockbroker. Spencer-Churchill, John (artist)
|Born||31 May 1909 London, England|
|Died||23 June 1992 (aged 83) London, England|
|Resting place||Bladon, West Oxfordshire|
"The 11 paintings on display were formerly owned by members of Churchill's family, making them extremely rare and collectible." The paintings are likely to fetch between $1 million and $3 million each.
Winston Churchill was a British statesman who led the fight for Britain during the Second World War. He is considered one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century.
He began painting at age 45 and continued until his death in 1965 at the age of 90. His wife, Mary Soames, inherited the paintings which she then donated to the Churchill Museum and Library in Cambridge. The collection includes eleven oil paintings by Churchill.
Winston Churchill was an avid collector of art and owned many notable works by other artists. Some of these paintings have now been sold at auction.