Still Life
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Still Life about 1930
  • Scottish Art
Landscape and still lifes form the bulk of Hunter’s artistic output. The dark and restrained tones of this late still life recall Hunter’s painting from earlier in his career when, like fellow Scottish Colourist S.J. Peploe, he was influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch art. The composition is a medley of rich colours, with the vivid white of the tablecloth forming a dramatic contrast to the dark green background. The scene suggests a table set for an alfresco meal. Hunter’s work is distinguished from much of the output of the Scottish Colourists by his energetic and expressive handling of paint, as demonstrated in this work.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Composition, Scottish Colourists , Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 20
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 51.00 x 61.20 cm (framed: 75.70 x 86.00 x 7.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1945