Sir Winston Churchill
Life Through His Paintings. Chaucer Library of Art S.
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Hitler described Churchill as a vulgarian, in contrast to himself of course, an aesthete and an artist. Here is a book that would have made him incandescent with rage, a thick volume devoted to is great rival, not as a statesman or author, but as an artist. It is not the first, but it is by far the most comprehensive and above all in the fullness of its reproductions. Over 500 of Churchill's paintings have been traced and illustrated and a very pleasant sight they are, too. This is not great art and it does not pretend to be. It is the art that saved the sanity and contributed enormously to the happiness of one of the men who has shaped the history of our times. Skilfully organised around anecdotes, it is in a sense what he himself called it, 'a visually diary'. But it is also more than that in what it reveals of the power of painting to heal and focus, to comfort and enrich. Painting taught Churchill how to look and how to keep alive in his memory the scenes that he loved or found intriguing. However much we may think we know of him, there is more here to discover. (Kirkus UK)