William Scott

Orange, Black and White Composition

1953

Not on display
Artist
William Scott 1913–1989
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1219 x 1219 mm
frame: 1260 x 1268 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1966
Reference
T00831

Display caption

Scott’s abstract works are drawn from still-lives, figures and landscapes, and he admitted: ‘I am an abstract artist in the sense that I abstract. I cannot be called non-figurative while I am still interested in the modern magic of space, primitive sex-forms, the sensual and the erotic, disconcerting contours, the things of life.’ However, Scott was associated with artists who were revisiting the ideas of pre-war constructivists. They believed art should reflect the modern industrial world. But abstraction was non-figurative and not drawn from the realities of the visible world.

Gallery label, April 2019

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Catalogue entry

William Scott 1913-1989

T00831 Orange, Black and White Composition 1953

Inscr.‘W. Scott’ t.r., and on the stretcher, ‘Orange, black and white composition 1953 48 x 48 £120’.
Canvas, 48x48 (122 x 122).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist through the Hanover Gallery 1966.
Exh. Hanover Gallery, June–July 1953 (10) as ‘Orange, Black and Ochre Composition’; Sao Paulo Bienal 1953–54 (105 repr. in catalogue of British Section); German tour, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover; I.B. Kunstverein, Freiburg; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; Stadtische Galerie, Munich, June 1960–February 1961 (10); R.A., 1966 (541).
Lit. Alan Bowness, William Scott: Paintings, 1964, pp. 9, 34, repr. pl. 40.
Repr. Connoisseur, CLXII, 1966, p. 267.

One of the series of pictures painted in 1953–54 which are rectilinear, and the most abstract that Scott was to do until about 1959–60.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.

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