About this artwork

‘Winter Seeding Hillside’ is an example of Reynolds’ painterly style of the 1950s. The landscape is composed of expressionistic, bold brush strokes of muted colours, which help suggest a winter scene. The brash black, and simplification of tree-like structures into jagged shapes, focuses attention towards a skull-like form near the centre, and calls to mind the work of the artist William Gear from the early 1950s. In 1952 the critic Herbert Read grouped the work of several emerging sculptors under the tag, “the geometry of fear”, and although this painting could be viewed in this vein, Reynolds was more concerned with creating a structured balance between the horizontal and vertical forces in the composition.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Winter Seeding Hillside
  • date created:
    Dated 1953
  • materials:
    Oil on hardboard
  • measurements:
    76.50 cm x 101.50 cm (framed: 101.70 x 126.90 x 6.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented anonymously in memory of William Johnstone 1984
  • accession number:
    GMA 2921
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Alan Reynolds

Alan Reynolds