British artist Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill is known to us in the first place, as a talented politician, statesman, writer, and British Prime Minister during World War II. His services to the country can not be overstated, and powerful mind policy, coupled with a special sense of humor makes him quite extraordinary. Many of the sayings of the famous Englishman immediately became aphorisms, such as “success – is the ability to move from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”. According to the survey Broadcasting Corporation BBC, conducted in 2002, Winston Churchill was named the greatest Briton in history. Talents of this legendary personality is not limited to politics and literature: Winston Churchill was also an artist.
Winston Churchill discovered his passion for painting having picking up a brush at 40, and for the remaining years, he has created more than 500 paintings! This passion has helped Churchill get rid of depression, forget about all the quarrels and troubles of “big politics”. Winston drew everywhere: at home, in Britain, and during numerous trips to different countries. He painted portraits and interiors, but especially loved to go out with his easel on the “plein air” and paint landscapes.
In 1921, Churchill sent a few of his creations to the international exhibition in Paris, signing them by a false name, and six of his works were awarded by the jury. And in 1925 at the London exhibition of amateur artists his painting (of course, no one had any idea of who the author was) took the first place! In 1947, Churchill sent a few works to the Royal Academy of Arts. As always, the work has been signed by a fictitious name. To the great surprise of Winston, two of his paintings were accepted. And in 1948 he was granted an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Churchill himself didn’t value much his achievement in the field of painting and had always been open to criticism and new ideas, and even refused to arrange an exhibition of his paintings, when he had received such an offer. However, experts in painting appreciated the creations of Churchill quite warm. According to art critic John London, “Even some modern artists have recognized that a dozen of his works could rival the masterpieces of the Impressionists.”
Bonhams New York auction house showed 1935 painting by Winston Churchill of a Moroccan sunset, “Sunset Over the Atlas Mountains.” The painting by Winston Churchill of a Moroccan sunset, a view he loved so much that he invited President Franklin D. Roosevelt to see it, has sold for $350,000 (220,000 euros) an auction company.