William Scott Ochre Still Life 1958

Artwork details

Artist
William Scott 1913–1989
Title
Ochre Still Life
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 864 x 1118 mm
frame: 909 x 1165 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Reference
T00505
Not on display

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Scott’s use of thick paint arranged in areas that intersect like blocks signalled his allegiance to European painting as opposed to American. In the 1950s, European artists were seen to value the material of the paint itself while the work of the American Abstract Expressionists was characterised by its expansive scale. In fact, both shared some basic concerns and even retained a concern with subject matter. Scott used such still life objects as saucepans as a starting point. There are, however, often allusions to the human figure: here a pepper pot becomes distinctly phallic.

February 2010

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