"Being part-Cornish, the sea is in my genes, so I love The Storm, set in Carradale, Argyll, which I remember visiting as a teenager with my school chums. I've never forgotten it because Andrew Keir, the great Scottish actor who we all fancied, was on the bus on his way to visit the writer Naomi Mitchison. I look at this painting and memories flood back -- Andrew Keir, meeting boys, fishing for mackerel. I can hear the wind; I can smell the ozone. Of course, being an actress I love the drama of it; it's swirling with energy. Although I'm not a Scottish Nationalist, I love my country and I'm glad I've chosen a Scottish artist."
Una McLean, actress
"William McTaggart was an outstanding Scottish artist and a pioneer of Impressionism. For me, Spring and The Storm epitomise both the joys and the challenges of the Scottish people: Spring, with its bright awakening of nature and feeling of hope for the future, and The Storm, with its depiction of the indomitable spirit of the fishing communities that I know so well."
Alex Salmond, First Minister
"McTaggart is not only a favourite painter but I feel he was a painter of great vision, ahead of his time. This painting is so abstract and yet so real, a mixture of Impressionist and Expressionist techniques, even though Expressionism wasn't even invented in 1890! The mass of the landscape and sky look threatening, but it actually lifts the spirit because of the intensity of light. I'm sure McTaggart was trying to emphasise a sense of hope by the use of strong light."
Dr. John Lowrie Morrison, artist
McTaggart's energetic brush work and bold colour convey the power of the thunderous sky, lashing wind and turbulent sea. Man's vulnerability and courageous struggle in relation to natural forces are suggested through the tiny fishing vessel at sea and the launching of a rescue boat from the shore. Anxious families wait in the foreground. The figures are fully integrated into the landscape which was worked up in McTaggart's studio, but based on a smaller version painted out of doors at Carradale in Kintyre in 1883. Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philanthropist, bought the painting which was later presented to the gallery by his widow.
- Credits Presented by Mrs Andrew Carnegie 1935
- Medium Oil on canvas
- Size 122.00 x 183.00 cm (framed: 168.50 x 230.00 x 17.50 cm)