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

Composition

Details
William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
Composition
gouache
11 x 14¾ in. (27.9 x 37.4 cm.)
Executed in 1955.
This work is recorded in the William Scott Archive as No. 723.
Provenance
The Lord Strauss Collection.
with Austin Desmond Fine Art, Berkshire.
with Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
with Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.
The Jefferson Smurfit Collection.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 13 May 2004, lot 74.
Literature
N. Lynton, William Scott, London, 1990, no. 32, illustrated.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

During the course of the 1950s, when many British artists were turning towards abstraction, Scott also became interested in giving his pictures a life of their own and in absorbing objects into their pictorial structure. Although his works always referred to objects, they bear only a distant resemblance. Tabletops are tipped forward into the picture plane and kitchen utensils are flattened; very often the paintings consisted of arrangements of squares, oblongs and ovals of colour. Although he worked with a limited vocabulary of forms he achieved a surprising variety of effects through his concern with the division of spaces and forms, and through his inventiveness as a colourist: moving from black and white to a range of burnt orange and vibrant blues.

The formal concerns of the composition took precedence over the original still life subject of the work. The arrangement of colour and shape and the texture of the paint surface are the important factors.

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