William Scott

White, Sand and Ochre

1960–1

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1600 x 1727 mm
frame: 1680 x 1810 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1961
Reference
T00415

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Shortly after he completed this painting, the artist said he hesitated to comment on it, beyond relating it to his other paintings from the same time. He did say, however, that a source of inspiration may have been his strong liking for Egyptian painted art. Although Scott had not visited Egypt at the time, he described a number of his paintings as having Egyptian references and titled some of them accordingly. While this work is obviously related to the earlier 'Ochre Still Life', also on view in this gallery, its shapes are even more flattened out and abstract and the surface texture resembles a plastered wall.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T00415 WHITE, SAND AND OCHRE 1960–1

Inscr. on back of stretcher, ‘White, sand & ochre. W. Scott.’
Canvas, 63×68 (160×173).
Purchased from the artist through the Hanover Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1961.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, May–June 1961 (3, repr, in colour).
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.261; Cimaise, January–February 1963, p.101 (in colour on its side).

The artist wrote (31 May 1961): ‘I hesitate to comment on its origin other than the fact that it is related to pictures that preceded it during the years 1959 and 60. A source of inspiration towards its making may be my strong liking for Egyptian painted art.’

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

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