The Alchemist's Mirror No. 1 [Opus 1357]
© Alan Davie

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The Alchemist's Mirror No. 1 [Opus 1357] 1997
  • Scottish Art
From the mid-1990s Davie made a number of large landscape and cityscape paintings. The spiralling form on the right of the canvas derives from the large stone slab from the Gavr Inis Gallery Grave in Baden, southern France. Similar motifs are also found in Caribbean and Aboriginal art, and it is this common ground between different, apparently unrelated civilizations and cultures which fascinates Davie. The mask-like head in the centre is taken from a cave painting and may, in its original form, depict a sorcerer.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4325
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 152.00 x 183.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist 2000