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  • David Michie
Houses in a Fife Village
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Houses in a Fife Village 1961

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work depicts the centre of Ceres near St. Andrews, where the houses curve around the village green. For the majority of the scene Michie adopts a relatively subdued palette which he contrasts with the vibrant luminosity of the sky. This creates a frosty atmosphere, which, together with the bare trees, suggests the village is in the depths of winter. Typical of Michie’s style, he has adopted a semi-abstract approach with the flat curve of the lawn drawing the focus around the painting. The unexpected blocks of red and green in the background act as an abstract focal point in comparison to the relatively traditional, representational style of the houses.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Abstract art, Palette


  • Acc. No. GMA 1928
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 51.00 x 61.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977