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Landscape March 1949

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Although apparently abstract, Gear's works are normally based on landscape or interior motifs, as the title of this painting suggests. The plant-like forms emerging out of a web of black lines imply organic growth. The use of warm oranges and reds and the irregular black grid are typical of Gear's work of the period. The lines are reminiscent of calligraphy or stained glass. Gear himself stated that they were influenced by the structure of the Forth Bridge and the pitheads from the mining town in which he grew up.

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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.


Decorative handwriting


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Abstract art, Calligraphy, Motif


  • Acc. No. GMA 1300
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 73.50 x 92.50 cm (Framed: 77.30 x 96.20 x 3.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1974