Art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was both forward and backward looking. Some artists developed aspects of impressionist and post-impressionist painting, and moved further in the direction of abstraction; other artists, turned towards spiritual values and created symbols of a purer world; other artists continued with traditional artistic practices.
The work in this display does not fit neatly into any of these categories and often show aspects of all three in varying degrees. People – and artists are no exceptions – are drawn to progress, spirituality and tradition at different times and for different reasons. The complex nature of these years makes for diversity and a fascinating range of views on the world.
Image: John Duncan Fergusson, Dieppe, 14 July 1905 : Night © The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotland
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Parking for visitors is available at both Modern One and Modern Two. A donation is requested of £3 for up to 4 hours and £6 for 4-8 hours. Our payment meters have contactless capability.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.
In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.
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