Saint Agnes
© Estate of David Gauld

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Saint Agnes 1889 - 1890

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
Bold, outlined blocks of colour form a complex pattern across the canvas. The richly textured paintwork emphasises its tapestry-like appearance, and echoes Gauld's stained-glass designs. Japanese prints influenced the composition of both this work and its companion piece 'Music' (Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow). The painting was shown at the Munich International Exhibition of 1890 alongside the Glasgow Boys' work. Its exceptional quality prompted its purchase by the influential art dealer Alexander Reid.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Glasgow Boys

A loose grouping of painters working in Glasgow in the late 19th century. Though there was no overall style or formal membership, they did exhibit together and shared an interest in rural scenes. Artists included John Lavery, Joseph Crawhall and James Guthrie.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Tapestry

A fabric with an ornamental or pictorial design woven into it.

Composition, Glasgow Boys, Print, Tapestry

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2701
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.30 x 35.80 cm (framed: 82.20 x 56.90 x 7.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund 1999