Winston Churchill “Mary’s First Speech”
“When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject…”
The above article is full of great information about the art habits of one of the most significant figures in history.
Winston Churchill was the man who probably did more than anyone else to save Western civilization in the dark early decades of the twentieth century.
Our culture is suffering intensely these days from the lack of anyone of his stature who could provide the kind of clarity and force of will he did. Our current inept and corrupt scumbag political class isn’t worth a tiny flick of his cigar ash.
He was a man of intense highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies. But also, the mighty Winston Churchill was an accomplished painter.
A key quote from the article: “Characteristically, Churchill’s first word of advice to budding artists was ‘audacity.'”
The article also describes painting as half passion, half philosophy. Indeed.
The man at work
The dark early decades of the twenty-first century are in need of some audacious passionate philosophers making a stand against the slide back into premodern savagery. That kind of leadership will never come from the thoroughly compromised hacks busy fighting over the crumbs of the subsidized culture industries.
A colleague of Churchill’s once remarked, “”If Churchill had given the time to art that he has given to politics, he would have been by all odds the world’s greatest painter.” It’s a good thing for the world he made the choice he did, the need was so great for his statesmanship.
But each can serve in whatever area they are best suited for. For real change to happen, it starts in the art.
After 50 plus years of a creative class committed to behaving like a dithering parasitic cult clique, the time has come for art to get real again. It will be interesting to see in the future who will be recognized as the statesmen of art who helped save Western civilization.
Winston Churchill, “Vesuvius, From Pompeii”
Winston Churchill “The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell”
Winston Churchill “Racecourse, Nice”