William Scott
Mackerel on a Plate 1951–2

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William Scott 1913–1989
Mackerel on a Plate
Date 1951–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 559 x 762 mm
frame: 752 x 960 x 100 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1954
Not on display

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Describing his paintings, Scott said 'I find beauty in plainness, in a conception which is precise, a simple idea which to the observer must inevitably shock and leave a concrete image on the mind.' He became interested in painting realist still-lifes in the 1930s, often portraying the kitchen implements that he kept around his studio. He considered his work to be influenced by the French still-life tradition, particularly the eighteenth-century artist Chardin. As he developed, the objects became flatter and later in the 1950s became abstract shapes.

August 2004

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