The Modern Scot

  • 1st December 2011 − 11th May 2014 | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish Renaissance Movement

The Scottish Renaissance Movement is recognised for bringing a Scottish vernacular voice to the universalist concerns of Modernism. The movement is renowned for its contribution to literature, but the visual arts also played a significant role. In particular the politically radical and nationalist painters William Johnstone, William McCance and John Duncan Fergusson came under the influence of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, whose project was to create a Scottish culture that was both politically progressive and artistically modern in outlook. The principal aim of the Scottish Renaissance Movement was to align the arts in Scotland with contemporary artistic and intellectual tendencies in Europe.

Summer, Selkirk William Johnstone


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