About this artwork

The use of pastel had become fashionable by the late 1880s, and Guthrie produced a number of works using this media. It was used by contemporary artists such as Whistler, Degas and Sickert. This fresh study shows Guthrie using pastel to great effect, applying it freely so that the motion of the women working becomes a fluid blur of colourful, impressionistic strokes. The nature of pastel as a medium encourages freedom of handling. It was drawn at Cambuskenneth, near Stirling, where fellow Glasgow Boys E. A. Walton and William Kennedy has studios. Guthrie’s pastels were highly successful when exhibited in Glasgow in 1891, selling every work on display. However, by the 1890s he stopped using pastels and went on to create successful society portraits in oil.

  • title:
    Women Working in a Field
  • accession number:
    D 5097
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  • materials:
    Pastel on paper
  • date created:
    1888
  • measurements:
    29.80 x 23.90 cm (framed: 55.90 x 40.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1980
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Sir James Guthrie

Sir James Guthrie