• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)

    Sober Brown

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    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
    Sober Brown
    signed and dated 'W. SCOTT 1973' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm.)
    This work is recorded in the William Scott Archive as No. 1141 and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of works in oil.

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    The present work was illustrated in Studio International in December 1974 which coincided with the Gimpel and Hanover Gallery exhibition in Zürich. In discussion with Tony Rothon, Scott said of his pictures of this period 'Although my paintings are flat, I want to achieve an illusion of space within. You see, I want to have the feeling that you enter the painting and then spread out' (op. cit, p. 230). The shape of the white bowl on the right suggests that it is being viewed from above, but the pan is seen in side profile. This play on the three-dimensionality of the objects supports Scott's idea of moving around within the image and seeing the objects from different points-of-view.

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    with Gimpel Fils, London, where purchased by the present owner in May 1979.


    'William Scott in conversation with Tony Rothon', Studio International Journal of Modern Art, December 1974, vol. 188, no. 972, p. 232, illustrated.


    Zürich, Gimpel and Hanover Galerie, William Scott: Recent Paintings, March - April 1974, no. 5: this exhibition travelled to London, Gimpel Fils, September 1974.
    Buffalo, New York, Anderson Gallery, William Scott Memorial Exhibition, September - October 1992, no. A.

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