The Awakening by William McCance art print
Digital reproduction featuring artwork by William McCance, The Awakening, 1925, from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Collection.
Museum Fine Art paper 280gsm, a gently textured etching paper particularly suited to giclee reproductions of artworks and paintings. Ideal for premium colour and monochrome prints.
During the early 1920s McCance began to schematise the human body, stripping away detail until it had an almost robotic appearance. This is one of several oils which feature vividly coloured, cubist-inspired nudes in a landscape. Specific stories seem to be suggested, though precisely what these are remains a mystery. The figures in the background appear to be making gestures but are obscured by the nudes in the front, caught in curiously contorted postures. These poses have clearly been chosen to provide a compositional structure and give the idea of movement in opposing directions, but the resulting picture adds up to far more than this. It is the awkward rigidity, the ambiguity and the strangeness which makes the painting intriguing.