|The Coronation Procession Returning to Buckingham Palace, 1953, Carel Weight.|
|Tolstoy wrote War and Peace. Weight painted the British version.|
|Evening Walk, Hampstead Heath, Carel Weight|
|Weight was briefly destined for combat and apparently went through British army basic training. How else could he have later captured the experience so accurately?|
|Ponte Vecchio, Florence, 1944, Carel Weight|
|Between Two Fires: a Dream (St. Peter's, Rome), 1956, Carel Weight|
Along with the horrors of war, there was humor too. Weight painted four piece series detailing the trials and tribulations of trying to recapture a Zebra which escaped from the London Zoo during a bombing raid (below). Animals try to escape the terrors of war just like humans.
In 1947, following the war, Weight began teaching at the Royal College of Art, where he served as a professor of painting from 1957 until his retirement in 1973. Weight's 1952 painting,The Coronation Procession Returning to Buckingham Palace (top) captures the immense pride, pomp, and circumstance of a nation in crowning a new queen, Elizabeth II. Even in peace time, no nation is without tragedy. Weight's The Battersea Park Tragedy (below) depicts the 1970 fire which took place at the London amusement park. A rollercoaster accident in 1974 resulted in the deaths of five children permanently closed the Fun Fair section of the park.
|The Battersea Park Tragedy, 1970, Carel Weight. |
Notice the "angel of death" in the upper-right section of the painting.
|Allegro Strepitoso, 1932, Carel Weight|