Stanley Cursiter, 1887 - 1976. Artist (Self-portrait); Director of the National Galleries of Scotland (With his wife Phyllis Eda Hourston and his model Poppy Low. Exhibited as Chez Nous.)
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Stanley Cursiter, 1887 - 1976. Artist (Self-portrait); Director of the National Galleries of Scotland (With his wife Phyllis Eda Hourston and his model Poppy Low. Exhibited as Chez Nous.) 1925

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art

Stanley Cursiter was Keeper of the National Galleries of Scotland from 1924 and Director from 1930 to 1948. An artist as well as an administrator, Cursiter experimented with semi-abstract forms in his early work but later adopted a more conventional style. He did much to promote Scottish art, researching, writing and consolidating the National Galleries' Scottish collections. Here, he has placed himself at the side of his wife, Phyllis Hourston, while a favourite model, Poppy Low, stands on the right.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2451
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 101.30 x 152.50 cm (framed: 122.55 x 173.35 x 7.62 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1979