Interior with Nude

Gore, Spencer F.

A progressive English artist greatly influenced by the works of modern French painters shown at the Post-Impressionist exhibitions of 1910 and 1912. The son of a Wimbledon tennis champion, also named Spencer Gore, Spencer Gore was born in Epsom, educated at Harrow School, and later studied painting at the Slade School. He worked in Paris from 1904-6, whilst also becoming associated with several groups of artists in London. Gore was a progressive artist, strongly influenced by the Post-Impressionist exhibitions organized by Roger Fry and he became part of a nucleus of developing painters who met at a house in Fitzroy Street in Bloomsbury , where he and Sickert rented space on two floors for group exhibitions and storage. In 1911 the Fitzroy circle became formalized as the Camden Town Group. As the most respected of the younger members of the new group, Gore was elected as its president.  In his Modern English Painters, first published in 1956, John Rothenstein  notes that when Sickert wrote ‘The artist is he who can take a flint and wring out attar of roses’, he had Spencer Gore in mind.  In 1913 Gore moved his young family out of London to Richmond, near to Richmond Park, where he painted out of doors. In March 1914 he got wet whilst painting and died from pneumonia a few days later. During the 1930s, The LACF purchased two oil paintings by Spencer Gore. His Interior with Nude, from c.1907, was bought in 1932, and was followed in 1936 by the colourful landscape Letchworth, painted in 1912.

Gore

Oil on canvas

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