Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill
Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill
Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill

Seascape with Rain Clouds by Winston Churchill

  • This vibrant seascape was composed by the great statesman and painter by Sir Winston Churchill
  • Broad brushstrokes and vivid color are characteristics of the statesman's rare artwork
  • Churchill’s personal paintings boast both artistic and historic significance
  • New to the market, this work was a part of the Churchill collection at Chartwell
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Item No. 30-8527
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Sir Winston Spencer Churchill
1874-1965 | British

Seascape with Rain Clouds

Oil on panel

Sir Winston Churchill’s reputation as a politician and statesman often overshadows the tremendous talent he possessed for painting. A true Renaissance man, Churchill pursued the art of painting for more than 40 years, offering a glimpse into the personal life of the historic giant. This exceptional seascape is exemplary of his output, with its vivid colors and broad brushwork. It also boasts a remarkable provenance, having been owned by the husband of the late Arabella Churchill, a granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Until now, the painting never left Sir Winston Churchill’s former home at Chartwell in Kent, where it was displayed in his Painting Studio. New to the market, it represents a work of both artistic and historic significance.

Clearly attracted by the ever changing light and color of the sea, Churchill painted numerous seascapes during his lifetime. From the south of France to the coast of England and even Miami, Churchill spent many a happy day with his paints and brushes by the sea. This early work from the 1920s is part of a series of seascapes on panel that Churchill created early in his career as a painter that reveal the influence of Julius Olsson, a popular British maritime painter. Like Olsson, Churchill successfully captures the light and atmosphere of the scene; yet, his dramatic brushstrokes and vibrant palette are more post-impressionistic in their fervor, a characteristic of his unique style.

Painting was a dominating passion for Churchill in the last half of his life. There is little evidence that he had any artistic training prior to his 40s. In fact, his wife Clementine mentioned at one point that before he began painting, Churchill had hardly visited an art museum, much less created art. Churchill first began painting following a personal and political disaster, the Dardanelles campaign, in 1915. He is quoted as telling the painter Sir John Rothenstein: “If it weren’t for painting, I couldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the strain of things.” In 1948, he was bestowed the prestigious recognition of Honorary Academician Extraordinary by the Royal Academy of Arts. He painted roughly 500 works, approximately 350 which are housed in Churchill’s garden studio at Chartwell. Only a few others were given to friends and remain in private collections.

Circa 1920

Canvas: 13” high x 16 3/16” wide
Frame: 18 1/2” high x 21 5/8” wide

Provenance:
Arabella Churchill, Kentby descent to her husband
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

References:
Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings, 2015, D. Coombs and M. Churchill, p. 31, no. 41 (illustrated)
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Artist: Churchill, Sir Winston
Framed:21 5/8"W x 18 1/2"H
Unframed:16 3/16"W x 13"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:England
Subject:Seascape
Width:21 5/8 Inches
Height:18 1/2 Inches
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