William Scott Winter Still Life 1956

Artwork details

Artist
William Scott 1913–1989
Title
Winter Still Life
Date 1956
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1524 mm
frame: 963 x 1572 x 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1957
Reference
T00119
Not on display

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From 1946 on Scott began to flatten the forms in his paintings. He generally painted from memory rather than from actual objects. But some of the articles he used in his still life paintings he kept around him in his studio; they included frying pans and saucepans, images which occur regularly in his work. These things were to become the abstract shapes found in later paintings and also had associations with his childhood memories. 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.'

September 2004

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