Anne Redpath

Tulips

About this artwork

Redpath painted still life subjects throughout her career, often focussing on the objects and furniture in her own home. This painting was made towards the end of her career when she painted with oils in a thick impasto style, using a palette knife. In these paintings objects appeared to float in space rather than sit on a surface. She said in a broadcast in 1960, ‘Lots of people didn’t like my idea of things that seemed quite real and yet looked as if there was no law of gravity. But now that my objects are really just in thin air, people don’t mind that at all.’

  • title: Tulips
  • accession number: GMA 1064
  • artist: Anne RedpathScottish (1895 - 1965)
  • gallery: Paxton House
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Edinburgh School
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1962
  • measurements: 63.50 x 76.20 cm
  • credit line: Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967
  • copyright: © The Estate of Anne Redpath. All Rights Reserved 2016/ Bridgeman Images
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Anne Redpath

Anne Redpath

Redpath was born in Galashiels and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1920 she married and moved to France, devoting much of the next fourteen years to her family and doing little painting. In the mid-1930s she returned to Scotland, settling in Hawick in the Borders. Redpath admired the French Post-Impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Gauguin, and also Matisse. From the 1950s, she became well known in the Scottish art world, specialising in landscapes, church interiors and still lifes painted in rich colours. Her work from the late 1950s responds to Abstract Expressionism in the free and expressive handling of paint.