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© Alison Morton

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Untitled Dated 1940

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work was painted while Morton was in St Ives visiting two artists he had met through his involvement with ‘Edinburgh Weavers’ - Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Its unusual composition forms an essentially unique aspect of Morton’s oeuvre. It has a cinematic quality which suggests the manner in which the work should be read – a series of successive horizontal frames in an abstract, animated film. The sense of movement evoked by the varying compositions of forms in space shows the influence of Alexander Calder’s hanging mobiles from the late 1930s. The reductive selection of colours highlights Morton’s interest in Modernism, and the artist Piet Mondrian (whose work he owned) in particular.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.


French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Composition, Modernism, Oeuvre


  • Acc. No. GMA 2002
  • Medium Gouache, watercolour and pencil on paper
  • Size 35.50 x 50.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1978