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Still Life with Gladioli About 1927 - 1930

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Hunter was one of four Scottish artists who have become known as the Scottish Colourists. Together they were among the first British artists to make contact with French Post-Impressionist painting which greatly influenced their style. When Hunter returned to Glasgow in 1929 after living in France, he was encouraged by his friend and art dealer Tom Honeyman to concentrate on still-life painting. This was an ideal situation, as Hunter loved to paint flowers in particular, and his still-lifes sold consistently to give him a steady income. This is a vivid example of Hunter’s loose, rapid brushwork. The area around the flowers, patterned backdrop and books features thicker paint in comparison to other parts of the composition where the bare canvas is visible.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


Used to cover a range of different painting styles that emerged following Impressionism in Europe. This includes artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Composition, Post-Impressionism, Scottish Colourists , Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 1348
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 82.30 x 66.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1975