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The Harbour
© Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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The Harbour About 1934 - 1937

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work depicts the harbour at Anstruther, on the Fife coast. Gillies saw an exhibition of Paul Klee's work in Edinburgh in 1934 and this work seems to reflect the childlike characteristics of Klee's art, as well as his practice of dividing the space into a flat, grid-like composition. Gillies has used contrasting blocks of colour to emphasise the horizontal and vertical lines of the buildings. The ships in the harbour merge with the houses to form a surface pattern, with the masts of the ships forming the verticals that balance the rippled horizontal brushstrokes.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 1766
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.50 x 91.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977