Catalogue entry

T00505 OCHRE PAINTING 1958

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 34×44 (86·5×112).
Purchased from Mrs Scott (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Exh: II. Documenta, Kassel, July–October 1959 (Scott, 3, repr.); Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, June–July 1960 (31, repr. p.23); John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Liverpool, November 1961–January 1962 (11), as ‘Still Life’; Art in Progress, Marlborough New London Gallery, April–May 1962 (no catalogue).
Repr: Ambassador, No. 11, 1962, p.53 (on its side); Ronald Alley, William Scott, 1963.

The artist told the compiler (28 May 1962) that this work was painted between January and June 1958, before he left for Venice where he was one of the British artists given a retrospective exhibition at that year's Biennale. The Tate painting was not ready in time to be included in the exhibition.

‘Ochre Painting’ is a development towards a more abstract interpretation of the series of still-life themes which recurs again and again in William Scott's pictures. The cooking utensils have become almost abstract shapes flattened out against the table-top which has itself been transformed into an organically shaped container.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II