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James McIntosh Patrick R.S.A., R.O.I. (Scottish, 1907-1998)
James McIntosh Patrick R.S.A., R.O.I. (Scottish, 1907-1998)

The Egotist

Details
James McIntosh Patrick R.S.A., R.O.I. (Scottish, 1907-1998)
The Egotist
signed and dated 'J McI Patrick/1927' (lower left)
oil on board
39 x 63in. (99 x 160cm.)
Literature
R. Billcliffe James McIntosh Patrick Fine Art Society Plc. London, 1987, p.p.12., illustrated pl.2.
Exhibited
Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art Diploma Exhibition, 1927.
Dundee, Dundee Art Galleries and Museums McIntosh Patrick An 80th Birthday Tribute, touring exhibition, July - November 1987, no.19.

Lot Essay

The Egotist was painted in 1927 as the artist's Diploma work for the annual award held at Glasgow School of Art. This early work clearly illustrates in structure, the influence of the 15th century Italian artist Andrea Mantegna, who together with Bellini were greatly instrumental to the artist's stylistic development.

The compostition examines the relationship between Man and the land, a theme which is fundamental to many of his early paintings. The capriccio of Egyptian and Roman arches, amphitheatres and temples represent symbols of our glorious architectural past which are now under threat from developers of the modern age.
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