Major Exhibition of Churchill’s Paintings in St. Louis, MO at Kemper Art Museum to Run from November—February
The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill offers a unique opportunity to view paintings rarely seen in North America by the British statesman Winston Churchill (1874–1965), one of the most renowned—and many say greatest—wartime leaders of the twentieth century. Bringing together forty loans from preeminent public and private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States—including the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Chartwell, the historic family estate in Kent, England—this exhibition surveys the full range of his art, from landscapes and seascapes to still lifes and portraits. Beginning with his earliest work in 1915, the paintings on view represent each of the five decades in which Churchill pursued what was for him the greatest of hobbies.
The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill is a collaboration between the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. It is presented in association with “Churchill 2015,” a worldwide commemoration of the life and legacy of Winston Churchill on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. It is curated by Timothy Riley, paintings curator for the National Churchill Museum.
Churchill Centre Executive Director Lee Pollock commented, “The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill provides Churchillians in the United States and Canada with an unprecedented opportunity to see some of Sir Winston’s finest paintings, many of which have never been shown outside Britain. Following on last year’s highly successful Art of Diplomacy show in Atlanta, this new exhibition is a remarkable showcase of Churchill’s notable artistic talent and his enthusiasm for the canvas.”