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Kinlochbervie 1966

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Kinlochbervie is a small fishing village in the north-west of Scotland. As in many of Bellany’s early paintings, this work combines sea and religious imagery. The fish gutters in the foreground are in a ‘Last Supper’ arrangement and a figure at the top right carries a yoke which gives him the appearance of being crucified. It is one of the first paintings in which Bellany shows a single boat with fishermen outlined against a clear sky. The boat is used symbolically to represent a conveyor of human fate like the mythical boat used to ferry the dead across the river Styx to Hades.


  • Acc. No. GMA 2988
  • Medium Oil on hardboard (two sheets joined)
  • Size 243.50 x 320.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1986