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William Scott, 1913–1989

Red Brown and Black1967

William Scott moved between figuration and abstraction throughout his career. The minimal composition of simple forms, large expanses of colour and muted palette in this work acknowledge the influence on him of Colour-Field artists such Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Scott’s preoccupation with the arrangement of forms in space, evident in his depiction of kitchen implements in his still lives, can also be seen in this composition; however any recognisable forms are broken down to their bare essentials. The elimination of identifiable objects enabled Scott to focus more completely on colour, form and texture in the work. Thin layers of paint are applied to create a smooth, flat surface devoid of brushstrokes, in keeping with the style of Colour-Field Painting. His subdued colour palette is offset by the dynamic tensions he creates between these muted colours by carefully balancing the values of tones and hue.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions 167.6 x 381 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gift from the WIlliam Scott Foundation, 2006
Item NumberIMMA.2115
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
William Scott, Red Brown and Black, 1967, Oil on canvas, 167.6 x 381 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gift from the WIlliam Scott Foundation, 2006

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

William Scott 1913–1989

Born in Scotland, William Scott spent his youth Northern Ireland. Scott attended the Belfast College of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He taught at the Bath Academy of Art between 1941 and 1956. From 1954, Scott exhibited in New York, forging significant links with the American Abstract Expressionists. Scott exhibited widely throughout his career and represented Britain internationally on many occasions. A major exhibition of his work was held at IMMA in 1998.

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