Winston Churchill plaster 63 cm. (24 3/4 in.) high (including base)
PROVENANCE: Purchased directly from the artist, 1980s Private Collection, U.K.
Born in Osijek, a small town in Northern Yugoslavia in 1906, Nemon worked throughout Europe before fleeing to England prior to the Nazi invasion of Belgium, where his subjects were to include H.M. The Queen and H.M. The Queen Mother. Nemon sculpted three British Prime Ministers, Margaret Thatcher, Harold Macmillan and Winston Churchill, whom Nemon first met in Marrakesh in early 1951, later describing him as "one of the most remarkable personalities of all time". As Sir John Rothenstein later wrote Nemon's 'illustrious portraits are expressive of an impassioned curiosity about his fellow man that has resulted in such exceptional achievement" (Introduction, Sculpture of our time; An Exhibition of Oscar Nemon, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1982). The current work closely resembles Nemon's sculpture of Churchill in the House of Commons, unveiled in 1970.