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The Leech Gatherers by Peter Searle ( the Elder )

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Inspired by “The Leech-Gatherer” by William Wordsworth. The poem moved me, and I identified with it in some personal way. The painting is allegorical, and puts myself as the main character, searching through the mire, watched by women with misaligned breasts (perhaps my lovers, both real and imagined), and my mythical and seemingly demonic children (perhaps my art and writings). The painting is very dark.


  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 5 years ago

    A moving, rich, powerful, and, also, deeply poetic work. ;-)

  • Thanks Paul. You’re being very kind, and from you that’s high praise indeed!

    – Peter Searle ( the Elder )

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    wow…amazing ..and what a subject ..you lean towards the unusual which is great!!!
    I love your colour combos and the people in this painting…so well done

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...over 5 years ago

    Dear Catherine, I’m very sorry I’ve taken so long to reply to your comments. Glad you like the subject, and I do lean toward the unusual, as do you. Thanks for the compliments on the people and the colours. Very much appreciated!

  • Kirrill D'Kainn
    Kirrill D'Kainnover 5 years ago

    To The Artist – Peter Searle.

    … a visceral emotion without the gravity of thoughts or human language.
    This be the entry to the dark – darker side of ecstasy.

    A master work – that reminds me of my own work of :
    “Portrait Of The Artist As A Boy With Pet Demon”.

    Kirrill D’Kainn.

  • Genevieve Robey
    Genevieve Robeyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work. Lovely and haunting.

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