The Covering Sea I
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The Covering Sea I 1982 - 1983
  • Scottish Art
This grand painting shows the influence of Oskar Kokoschka, whose work influenced Philipson throughout his life, with the Expressionistic style suggesting a turbulent sea. The sea was one of the main themes which dominated Philipson’s artistic output in the 1980s. In contrast with the vivid colours Philipson normally chose, this painting sees the reduction of his palette to monochrome. First exhibited at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Philipson wrote that the painting ‘held the major place in my working year in preparing the Scottish Gallery’s show and at the end it was for me the most satisfying, albeit often a struggle, of the larger works in that group.’

Glossary Open


A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.


An image made with a single colour.


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Expressionism, Monochrome, Palette


  • Acc. No. GMA 2802
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 183.00 x 213.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984