About A Sense of Place: Twentieth Century Scottish Painting
How have Scottish artists represented the world around them? Drawn from Dundee’s nationally significant fine art collection, this display focuses primarily on landscape painting.
The exhibition focuses on landscapes by Scottish artists, starting with the pioneering work of the Glasgow Boys. Inspired by French practice, ‘The Boys’ moved out of the studio to paint out-of-doors, en plein air. With this new spirit of naturalism, artists were able to capture the effects of light and the weather, breathing new life into Scottish art.
Throughout the twentieth century the strong tradition of landscape painting continued with the vibrant and colourful paintings by the Scottish Colourists. The inter-war years are represented by the intellectual and progressive work of William McCance and William Johnstone. Alongside are the highly detailed, panoramic landscapes by McIntosh Patrick. Contemporary artist, Graeme Todd, rounds off the display with a work that borders on abstraction.
‘Sense of Place’ highlights the dynamic developments in Scottish painting through the inclusion of work by the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists, James McIntosh Patrick and Joan Eardley.
Dundee’s entire fine and applied art and whaling collections are recognised as being of national significance. The Collection is owned by Dundee City Council and administered on their behalf by Leisure and Culture Dundee. The Recognition Scheme is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.