Still Life by Edward Baird ready to hang small framed print
18.5 x 23.5 cm (print size 9 x 12 cm) brown wooden frame handmade in Scotland mounted small print of Still Life by Edward Baird, from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection. Art print to accompany the 2017 exhibition True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s, shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Painted during the war years when fruit was scarce, the apples and pears had been brought from abroad by the artist's brother. However, as Baird was a perfectionist, by the time he had finished the painting the apples and pears were completely rotten – an extravagance, friends said, given the scarcity of fruit during the war years. The blue and white jug is known as a ‘Glasgow Jug’.
Edward Baird was a Scottish Artist, born in Montrose. Often described as a Scottish Surrealist, Baird is equally known for his association with the Scottish Renaissance movement. His artistic output was relatively small, due to his perfectionism, time-intensive manner of working and his early death at the age of forty-five.