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Creator:
Spencer Frederick Gore, 1878–1914, British
Title:

Blue and Green Bottles and Oranges

Date:
ca. 1914
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 1/8 × 16 inches (51.1 × 40.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed, lower right: "S. F. Gore [enclosed in rectangle]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1993.30.10
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bottles | cork | cup | drinking glass | food | fruit | furniture | still life | window
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1398
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This still life was painted at Spencer Gore’s house in Cambrian Road, in suburban Richmond, shortly before the artist’s death by pneumonia in March 1914. Gore’s exposure to modern French painting, especially that of Paul Cézanne and André Derain, is evident in his use of bright, undiluted color and seemingly prosaic subject matter. His early death was perceived as a great loss to British art. Writing in the first volume of the modernist manifesto Blast, published in 1914, the artist Wyndham Lewis praised Gore’s “dogged, almost romantic industry” and “passion for the delicate objects set in the London atmosphere around him.” Walter Sickert, meanwhile, recalled Gore’s “exquisiteness in touch,” and noted that “expression descended like snowflakes on his canvases, varied, adequate, and economical. He painted with the reticence and the measure of the great gentleman that he was.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Bloomsbury Contemporaries (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-05-20 - 2000-09-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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