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The Indian Rug (or Red Slippers)
© the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library. All rights reserved.

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The Indian Rug (or Red Slippers) About 1942

On Display Modern Two

  • Scottish Art
The vivid colours and flat patterning of this painting owe much to Matisse, while the 'tipped-up' perspective reflects Redpath's admiration for early Italian painting. Redpath was fascinated by colour and texture. In this painting, the pattern of the rug meshes with the shapes of the slippers and chair to such a degree that it is difficult to separate flat from three-dimensional form. Redpath's father designed tweed fabrics and her work has the sense of patterning sometimes found in textiles. She remarked: 'I do with a spot of red or yellow in a harmony of grey what my father did with his tweed.'

Glossary Open


The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.



  • Acc. No. GMA 932
  • Medium Oil on plywood
  • Size 73.90 x 96.10 cm (framed: 91.50 x 113.50 x 6.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1965