Erbalunga, Corsica
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Erbalunga, Corsica about 1955

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
This is one of several paintings Redpath completed after travelling in Corsica in 1955. It shows her increasing use of the palette knife and layering of bright colours in an expressive response to the character of the town. While in Corsica her palette expanded to include the violets and scarlets she found on the island’s hillsides. It also demonstrates her developing interest in the forces of nature and how they affected the landscape and its inhabitants. She contrasts the wind-swept trees on the battered shoreline with the strength and permanence suggested by the houses. Redpath commented that she "would exaggerate the buttress quality of the building… then therefore it looked as if it was growing out of the hill".

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Any act of representation in words, images, music or other means, particularly the representation of emotions or feelings in a lively manner.


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.

Palette knife

A small tool used for mixing and applying paint.

Expression, Palette , Palette knife


  • Acc. No. GMA 1059
  • Medium Oil on hardboard
  • Size 61.00 x 76.20 cm
  • Credit Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967