30 May 1997
William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
Gaelic Landscape, 1961-62
signed 'W Scott' (upper left), inscribed 'No. 3' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
63 x 68½ in. (160 x 174 cm.)
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, where purchased by the present owner.
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A. Bowness (ed.), William Scott: Paintings, London, 1964, no.36, pl.136.
New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, William Scott, September-October 1962, no.4.
Belfast, Ulster Museum, William Scott, September-October 1963, no.41.
A. Bowness (op.cit. p.11) says of the paintings from 1959 onwards 'Thus begins ... the second abstract period of Scott's career ... The language is much richer and fuller than in the 1952-54 period, the colours are stronger and more plangent, the forms have greater amplitude. The scale is altogether grander: the average dimensions of Scott's paintings steadily increase until he reaches a favourite size - 63 by 68 inches [the size of the present work]. This gives him a field on which to work which lies just within reach of the brush as he stands before the canvas, and the squarish shape suits his predilection for a table-like panel'.
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