Anne Redpath

Girl in a Red Cloak

About this artwork

The sitter in this portrait is believed to be Dr Elsie Bain, a lifelong friend who Redpath met while studying in Edinburgh. It shows early evidence of Redpath’s interest in combining both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, a feature that was typical of her later work. After travelling to Italy on a scholarship in 1919, the influence of early Italian painting became apparent. The sitter is represented in profile against an elaborate background with a decorative frieze along the bottom, reminiscent of early Renaissance frescoes. The flat handling of the paint and limited palette are dramatically different to the vibrant colours and more expressive brushwork for which she is best known.

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  • title:
    Girl in a Red Cloak
  • accession number:
    GMA 1646
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  • materials:
    Oil on plywood
  • date created:
    About 1920
  • measurements:
    59.70 x 54.20 cm (framed: 64.50 x 60.20 x 4.30 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1977
  • 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