Past

What you see is where you're at

  • 28th November 2009 − 28th February 2010 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Admission free

Colour

Colour around 1910
Vincent Van Gogh's bright, clashing colours had an enormous impact on early twentieth century painting. With their bold use of bright colours, Derain and Matisse were the natural successors to Van Gogh, and, along with other artists, became known as the Fauves (‘wild animals' in French). On moving to France, Scottish artists John Duncan Fergusson and Samuel John Peploe became familiar with the Fauve artists and adopted a similar style to theirs, using bright colours and bold contours.

White
The turn of the century also witnessed a number of artists giving ‘white' a key role in their work. Constantin Brancusi led the way in making white sculpture in the 1910s, and by the 1930s, ‘white' had become an important part of much modern art, associated with idealism, simplicity, purity and modernity.

Colour: Pop and Op Art
In Britain's post-war years, bleak, brown paintings were common but in the following decade, in the so-called ‘Swinging Sixties', art, fashion and design were reinvigorated by colour. This new turn coincided with the consumer boom and cheap colour printing, which revolutionised packaging, magazines and posters. These popular products provided the main influence for Pop Art.