The Mantelpiece
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The Mantelpiece about 1947
  • Scottish Art
This is one of a number of paintings of the 1940s which show different views of the artist’s home at Beaconsfield Terrace, Hawick. Redpath had a great fondness for including domestic objects in her paintings. The Chinese rug in the foreground, the African sculpture on the mantelpiece and the linen chest in the far corner – decorated by Redpath – feature in many other works of this period. Redpath stated that she liked the rooms of her house to have white walls, most likely influenced by time spent in Italy. The walls serve to highlight and intensify the rich, bright colours used in the rest of the room. The painting shows the ‘tipped-up’ perspective Redpath often used to give a flattened, richly decorated effect.

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Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Perspective

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1960
  • Medium Oil on plywood
  • Size 61.00 x 59.90 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977