The Regatta by Stanley Cursiter art print
Art print (28 x 35.6 cm) featuring artwork The Regatta by Stanley Cursiter from the National Galleries of Scotland collection.
This is one of seven paintings Cursiter produced in a style inspired by the Italian Futurists, whose work he had probably seen in London the previous year. In Cursiter's variant of Futurism, the forms are not overly fragmented and are therefore still recognisable. The impact of the picture is due primarily to the sails, which take up three quarters of the painting.
For the sky, Cursiter has used dabs of different-coloured paint placed closely together, recalling post-impressionist techniques. Cursiter's flirtation with Futurism was brief, and by 1914 he had returned to a more traditional type of painting.
Stanley Cursiter (29 April 1887 – 22 April 1976) was a British artist who played an important role in introducing Post-Impressionism and Futurism to Scotland. He served as the keeper (1919–30), then director (1930-48), of the National Galleries of Scotland, and as HM Limner and Painter in Scotland (1948–76).