Anne Redpath

In a Venetian Church

About this artwork

During the 1950s, Redpath’s handling became much freer and she applied the paint more thickly, normally working with a palette-knife. She commented: “I couldn’t paint it smooth anymore. I had to paint it as if it were some kind of encrusted jewel. And while in a way they are more abstract than they were before, they are still quite real.” As a child Redpath had attended the Hawick Congregational Church and was fascinated by the ornamental trappings of the Catholic Church. Although she was not religious, Redpath delighted in the rich colourings of gold, silver and purple, and in the precious decoration of altarpieces. Redpath’s church paintings, such as this, mark a shift in both the character and style of her work.

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  • title:
    In a Venetian Church
  • accession number:
    GMA 1060
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1963 or 1964
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 50.90 cm (framed: 81.00 x 71.00 x 5.70 cm)
  • credit line:
    Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967
  • copyright:
    The Estate of Anne Redpath © Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Courtesy of the Artist's Family / Bridgeman Images
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Anne Redpath

Anne Redpath