The House of Commons, 1924

July 30, 2011

 

Commonsstudy_Lavery

THIS painting by the Irish-born artist John Lavery is a study for his work “The House of Commons – Ramsay McDonald Addressing the House” of 1924. (Thank you to the website, Victorian/Edwardian Paintings.) Leaving aside its historical meaning, I find it interesting as a painting of politicans, a subject matter rarely chosen by twentieth century artists. Although it is only a study and not the finished painting, this faceless sea of sobriety is moving and evocative. Read More »