Robert Gillanders and his son, bagpipe-makers, at work
© Claude Harrison

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Robert Gillanders and his son, bagpipe-makers, at work 1966
  • Scottish Art
Originally painted for Shell’s ‘Country Craft’ series in 1966, this painting shows Robert Gillanders, master bagpipe maker and silversmith, hard at work with his son in their Forfar workshop. The scene is carefully constructed, divided into three horizontal panels, which creates a surreal composition. The foreground features the bagpipe’s drones on a tartan bench. The centre shows the workshop, with the son turning the chanter on the lathe and the father stitching the pipe bag. The scene is set against a Highland landscape with loch, mountains and a ruined castle. Established in 1929 the company became ‘R. Gillanders and Son’ in 1956/1957. It was then bought by Pipe Major Ian McLeod in 1972 and is now based in Edinburgh.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Composition, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 3318
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 30.50 x 38.10 cm (framed: 42.60 x 49.50 x 5.40 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 2002