About this artwork

'Heart Knife' is an early example of a Scottish artist working in a semi-abstract style derived from Cubism. It was painted during Crosbie's final year at Glasgow School of Art. However, despite the use of abstract shapes in the picture, the shading on the vertical shape shows Crosbie's use of depth. The work also shows the influence of Surrealism. Crosbie later recalled that the painting referred to his problematic and unhappy relationship with his father and to: 'damaging, acute disappointments.'

  • title:
    Heart Knife
  • accession number:
    GMA 1714
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1934
  • measurements:
    60.30 x 43.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1978
  • copyright:
    © The Crosbie Estate
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

William Crosbie

William Crosbie