Victoria Crowe

Dr Winifred Rushforth, 1885 - 1983. Psycho-analyst

About this artwork

As the Bushman's 'song from the soul' rises up, the old woman listens. She is Dr Winifred Rushforth, a pioneer of group psychoanalytical therapy in Scotland. Rushforth was particularly interested in dreams and their interpretation, and it was through one of her dream groups that the artist, Victoria Crowe, met the sitter. Crowe has placed the meeting point between darkness and light directly behind Rushforth, symbolising her ability to guide those troubled by the darker aspects of their own psyche back to the world of light.

Victoria Crowe

Victoria Crowe

Born in London, Crowe trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1968 and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a painter of still life, interiors, landscapes and portraits, and works in oil and in watercolour. Visits to Italy, Madeira, Egypt and India have influenced her work, as has the death of her son - her work is often autobiographical. Several of her richly symbolic portraits are in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where an exhibition of her work, A Shepherd's Life, was held in 2000.