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Gethsemane 1931
  • Scottish Art
This is Fleming’s most celebrated work, made at the age of twenty-five. It depicts Christ’s agony on the Mount of Olives in a contemporary setting, in the manner of Stanley Spencer. Portraying Christ in a modern dress raised some eyebrows when the print was first displayed. Having recently returned from a travelling scholarship in France and Spain, Fleming took some of the elements in the background from studies made on his trip. These are combined with Glasgow scenery, such as the rock formations, which are inspired by the fossil grove in Victoria Park in the west of the city. The figure of Christ also appears to be a self-portrait.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 2545
  • Medium Engraving on paper
  • Size 34.00 x 44.30 cm (paper 37.00 x 48.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1982