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William McTaggart

The Storm

"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

  • 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)