About this artwork

In this still life, objects have been reduced to their basic outlines. The frying pan is seen from above and the round bottomed bowls are seen from the side. The painting is from a period when Scott had begun to reintroduce figurative references into his paintings after a period of painting abstracts. However the objects are reduced to flat shapes without a physical presence, almost hovering above the picture plane. The painting is also an exploration of colour and tone. Scott described it as a ‘work of twentieth-century tonalist painting.’

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Grey Still Life
  • date created:
    1969
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    168.00 x 172.00 cm (framed: 169.80 x 175.00 x 3.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: purchased 1972.
  • accession number:
    GMA 1262
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Scott

William Scott