William Scott

BROWN STILL LIFE

BROWN STILL LIFE

1957 William Scott (1913 − 1989)

In a recorded talk for the British Council the artist described his work of 1957 as being very geometrically divided. ‘I wasn’t conscious of doing that when I painted them. It was how I felt the picture ought to be. Sometimes there’s a line down the middle, like the knife in this one, but often there’s gap there, and all the objects cling to the edges of the painting, leaving an openness and an emptiness in the middle of the picture… though I have an object, the emptiness has actually been made by the fact that I’ve used an empty object. I’ve used a wire basket which has no density at all, but it’s something which creates a space of emptiness within the picture. If you half close your eyes you’ll see it more clearly.’

William Scott, script for recorded illustrated lecture 1961, The British Council

 

  • Accession Number P294
  • Dimensions 101.5 X 127 CM
  • Media OIL ON CANVAS

Glossary

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.

Work Theme

Past exhibitions

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 2013
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum
    • UK, The Hepworth Wakefield
    • UK, St Ives, Tate St Ives

FROM DESTRUCTION TO ABSTRACTION BRITISH ART IN THE 1940S AND 1950S

  • 2008
    • Syria, Damascus, University Of Damascus

BRITISK MALERI 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening

BRITISH PAINTINGS 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet

PROFILE III ENGLISCHE KUNST DER GEGENWART

  • 1964
    • Germany, Bochum, Stadtische Kunstgalerie

ARTE BRITANICA NO SECULO XX

  • 1962
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

PRIMERA EXPOSICION DE ARTE MODERNO

  • 1960
    • Argentina, Mendoza, Museo De Arte Moderno

XXIX VENICE BIENNALE

  • 1959
    • Netherlands, Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen
    • Switzerland, Zurich, Kunsthaus
    • Belgium, Brussels, Palais Des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles
    • Germany, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • 1958
    • France, Paris, Musee D'art Moderne De La Ville De Paris
    • Italy, Venice, British Pavilion
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