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Nature over again after Poussin
© Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

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  • Scottish Art
This work consists of eleven black and white photographs, each in halves, mounted separately in a hinged frame and accompanied by recorded flute music. The photographs depict the artist’s garden, Little Sparta, in the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh. The title of the work refers to Cézanne’s desire to ‘paint Poussin over again after nature’ but Finlay has turned the concept of painting nature upside down by creating photographs of real landscapes as if ‘signed’ by famous artists. Representations of the signatures of artists including Corot, Guercino, Salvator Rosa and Poussin appear, each carved in stone. Finlay intended the work to question the status of the garden, which he felt should be an extension of the home.


  • Acc. No. GMA 2293
  • Medium Eleven black and white photographs, each in halves mounted separately on perspex; recorded flute music
  • Size Each half print 49.50 x 29.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1981