One of Winston Churchill’s earlier paintings (oil on canvas, 20×24), created in the costal resort of Mimizan in 1922, isbeing offered for sale by a private collector for the first time in many years.
It was purchased by its current owner in 1976 from one of Churchill’s grand daughters. Prior to that being owned by Lady Spencer Churchill. The painting depicts a view of the seaside in Mimizan on the south west coast of France
For more information on this painting, please contact:
The Churchill Centre
[From Finest Hour 100, by Ron Cynewulf Robbins]
Churchill was forty before he discovered the pleasures of painting. The compositional challenge of depicting a landscape gave the heroic rebel in him temporary repose. He possessed the heightened perception of the genuine artist to whom no scene is commonplace. Over a period of forty-eight years his creativity yielded more than 500 pictures. His art quickly became half passion, half philosophy. He enjoyed holding forth in speech and print on the aesthetic rewards for amateur devotees. To him it was the greatest of hobbies. He had found his other world—a respite from crowding events and pulsating politics.