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William Scott, b.1913

Standing Nude1954

In this painting a controlling line and a restricted tonality contains the body. ‘Standing Nude’ relates to Scott’s interest in Palaeolithic art and is evocative of a primal eroticism. It can also be linked to a small number of sculptures of the female nude that Scott made from cast concrete in the 1950s.

MediumGouache on paper
Dimensions36 x 54.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift from the McClelland Collection by Noel and Anne Marie Smyth, 2003
Item NumberIMMA.1193 MCCL
Not on view
Image Caption
William Scott, Standing Nude, 1954, Gouache on paper, 36 x 54.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift from the McClelland Collection by Noel and Anne Marie Smyth, 2003

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About the Artist

William Scott 1913–1989

Born in Scotland, William Scott (1913-1989) spent his youth in his father’s home town of Enniskillen in 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. Strongly individualist in his ability to combine figuration and abstraction, 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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