Scottish Painting between the Wars

  • 22nd October 2011 − 18th March 2012 | Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Admission free

Although early twentieth-century Scottish art is often identified with the Scottish Colourists, and with bright colour and bold brushwork, another approach to painting existed during the same period.

Edward Baird, James Cowie, William Crosbie and William Crozier are amongst those who trained at Glasgow School of Art, where a meticulous, linear style was popular. By contrast, students who trained at Edinburgh College of Art including William Gillies, John Maxwell and William MacTaggart, painted with brighter colours and with more gestural brushwork. Work by these artists can be seen in the Penrose Gallery.

While the Colourists were influenced by direct contact with French Post-Impressionism and the Fauves, several of the artists whose work is displayed here also lived in France but began to adopt an almost abstract style of painting which had affinities with Cubism or with the Vorticist movement led by Wyndham Lewis. William Johnstone became interested in Surrealism in the 1920s, significantly earlier than did Baird, Cowie, Crosbie and Morrocco. He and McCance moved to London to further their careers and there came into direct contact with avant-garde English art.

Most of the painters represented in this room taught for at least some of their careers, in Scotland and England, influencing younger generations of artists.



Still Life Edward Baird


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