In Permutations Ochre
, Scott develops his familiar subject of kitchen utensils – which formed the basis of much of his work throughout the 1950s and 60s – into a flatter and more sparse composition. The ground, which in earlier works had been rendered with thick, almost sculptural brushmarks, is applied here in thinner layers, giving a luminous and delicate texture.
Date of work
Original: Oil Paint on Canvas 167.6 x 172.6 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.