William Scott

Orange, Black and White Composition


Not on display
William Scott 1913–1989
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1219 x 1219 mm
frame: 1260 x 1268 x 65 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1966

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Scott was one of the most successful painters in 1950s Britain. He painted figures, landscapes and especially still lifes, and was interested in the ambiguities between them. Around 1953, he also became concerned with the expressive power of the paint itself. That year he visited America, where he met many of the leading artists and recognised that his was an essentially European art.

Gallery label, September 2016

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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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