Throughout his career, Scott professed a preference for the primitive. He saw ‘beauty in plainness’ and avoided adopting a showy handling of paint in favour of a simpler, more course technique. Pears feature regularly in his work in the 1970s and this work combines a sense of sensuousness with his characteristic austerity.
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Original: Lithograph on Paper 49.8 x 65.1 cm © Estate of William Scott 2020
An internationally acclaimed painter modern painter, William Scott was born in 1913 in Greenock, Scotland. His powerful handling of paint extended over still life, landscape and nude genres. He is best known for his still life paintings of everyday objects – saucepans, eggs and bottles – in domestic settings. In the 1950s his work became more erotically charged, morphing into complete abstraction in the mid- 50s. He continued to alternate between abstraction and a more representative style throughout his career, pushing the boundaries of each. His work has an enduring human quality that confronts complexity and emotion through compositions of deliberate and measured simplicity.