Richard Warren

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A (dis)comforting Nativity

Just seven posts till now in 2018. But 2019 will see a revival. Oh yes it will.

In the meantime, it’s surprisingly difficult to find a decent Nativity within the usual parameters of this blog. So here’s Stanley Spencer’s of 1912. His first large oil, which won a Slade prize in that year, or so my big book of Stanley tells me. Is it really one hundred and six years since this was painted? It’s somehow both comforting and discomforting at the same time, combining an oblique offence to our expectations with a cool, slo-mo ecstasy, where all is at rest, free and immortal, as Traherne put it. And how vulnerable and isolated the Christ child is, plonked out in the open, in the half light, half shade, messing with his bits of straw.

The best Christmas to you.

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