23 Works, December 18th. is Frank O. Salisbury’s day, his art, illustrated with footnotes #251

Frank O. Salisbury (British, 1874–1962)
Onward Christian Soldiers, c. 1911

Oil on canvas
63 x 90 cm. (24.8 x 35.4 in.)
Private collection

Painted in 1911 it is a figurative landscape of soldiers on the battlefield. The two central characters, the ‘Christian Soldiers’ from the early crusades have halos and ride through the chaos on white horses. Shafts on light with angels illuminate them and also a crucifix. A very powerful Edwardian religious oil painting and an excellent example of O’Salisbury’s work. painted in oil and illuminated in gold leaf.

Francis (“Frank”) Owen Salisbury (18 December 1874–31 August 1962) was an English artist who specialised in portraits, large canvases of historical and ceremonial events, stained glass and book illustration. In his heyday he made a fortune on both sides of the Atlantic and was known as “Britain’s Painter Laureate”. His art was steadfastly conservative and he was a vitriolic critic of Modern Art — particularly of his contemporaries Picasso, Chagall and Mondrian. His father, Henry Salisbury, described himself as a “plumber, decorator and ironmonger” (his mother was Susan Hawes), yet his son Frank would become one of the greatest society artists of his generation…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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