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Three Angels
© Pulsford Estate

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Three Angels 1949

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Three Angels’ is one of Pulsford’s most important works. Painted in 1949 around the time of his marriage to the stained-glass artist Bronwen Gordon, it shows three abstracted figures in a frieze-like format. Stylistically it is very different from Pulsford’s earlier work such as ‘Untitled (Surrealist Townscape)’, which is heavily influenced by Surrealism. Here, the abstraction of the figures is similar to works by William Gear who was a contemporary of Pulsford at Edinburgh College of Art. Pulsford was not particularly religious but it has been suggested that his depiction of angels could be a stepping stone to the supernatural and mythological, which became of particular interest.

Glossary Open

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 literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Abstract art, Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 5183
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 91.40 x 174.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2012