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Winter Structure
© The Artist's Estate

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Winter Structure 1955 - 1956

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 1955, Gear began to shed landscape references from his work to make absolutely abstract works featuring interlocking slabs of colour. This is one of several stark paintings the artist produced in 1955 to 1956 and is best understood as part of that series of works. Gear did not normally make preparatory sketches, explaining that ‘the studies are mainly in the previous paintings so to speak. Paintings go on from one to the other and evolve; a painting isn’t done as a one off, in its own right.’ The artist’s use of grey suggests the bleakness of winter, and indeed, the work can be precisely dated as being painted between November 1955 and January 1956.

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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.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 4383
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.70 x 152.30 cm (framed: 94.50 x 155.20 x 4.40 cm)
  • Credit Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2001