Edinburgh in Snow
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Edinburgh in Snow about 1928
  • Scottish Art
Crozier won the Guthrie Prize for the most promising young artist when he exhibited this painting at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1928. The view shows Princes Street Gardens looking to the west from the Mound towards the instantly identifiable castle, silhouetted in the background. In contrast to Crozier’s cubist-inspired painting, ‘Edinburgh from Salisbury Crags’, which also depicts Edinburgh Castle silhouetted in the background, here he looks more to the northern Netherlandish tradition. On initial inspection the scene appears still and quiet. However, it slowly comes to life with the lively lines of the bare trees against the snow and the footprints leading the eye down into the composition.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Silhouette

Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Composition, Cubism , Royal Scottish Academy, Silhouette

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 8
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 69.80 x 90.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by Miss Anna G. Blair in memory of Mr R.K. Blair, 1943