ART students at Felpham Community College had the rare chance to see a masterpiece at their lessons yesterday.
The Furnace Man by Sir Stanley Spencer provided the opportunity for them to find out more about one of the greatest British painters of the 20th century.
Among those who took advantage was A-level student Sarah Millyard, 16. She said: “It’s definitely better than seeing it on the internet because you can’t quite see the texture then or the perspective.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen a painting by this artist before and I like the different, diagonal perspective, and the natural look of the painting.”
The painting was taken to the college from Worthing Museum and Art Gallery as part of the BBC Learning and Public Catalogue Foundation’s Masterpieces in Schools project. Spencer biographer David Pople spoke to the students about the work.
He said: “All Spencer’s paintings have passionate feelings about his subjects. He is an international figure and his work stands on its own.”
The painting in thin oil on a makeshift canvas was part of Spencer’s output as an official war artist in the Second World War. It provides an insight into the work of the ship builders on the River Clyde.
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