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William Gear

Landscape
1949
In this painting, Gear creates space and depth through a web of black lines. The shapes resemble natural plant-like forms such as branches and roots, as well as bringing to mind industrial structures and pylons. These forms can be seen emerging from the snaking, organic lines of the painting. In this way, the artist balances natural and industrial imagery, treading the line between abstraction and representation. Although he was Scottish, the black outlines show that Gear was looking to contemporary French art for inspiration. This work was painted while he was living in Paris. Fellow Scot Eduardo Paolozzi was also based in the French capital at this time, and his work uses similar organic imagery.
  • Credits Purchased 1974
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 73.50 x 92.50 cm
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