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During the 1930s, Alastair Morton's principal activity was as director of the innovative fabric design company Edinburgh Weavers, who commissioned designs from several avant-garde artists. In 1936 he began painting, an activity which was for him 'a personal and private intellectual exercise, pursuing ideas of form and colour'. His interest in such abstract values is reflected in the anonymous title that invites comparison with pieces of music, the one art form which does not depend on the real world for its content.

August 2004