British, 1891–1959. The works of Stanley Spencer were known for the contemporary execution of biblical themes. Spencer combined realistic color schemes with distorted forms and expressive ends. In most of his work, he weaves in his themes the traumas he experienced while serving in the military during the First World War. His work, "The Resurrection, Cookham" (1924-1927), portrays the resurrection of deceased loved ones in the graveyard of his local church. Later during his career, he also experimented with erotic themes when he painted a series of detailed nudes of his second wife and controversial paintings of St. Francis of Assisi thereafter. After his reconciliation with the Royal Academy, Stanley Spencer was knighted in 1959.