Scottish Art

World of Art

Scottish Art

  1. Murdo Macdonald
  • ISBN 9780500203330
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 224pp
  • 183 Illustrations, 55 in colour
  • First published 2000
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‘This is an excellent introduction to Scottish art. It is clear, concise and well illustrated’ – Journal for the Society of Scottish Art History

What makes Scottish art Scottish?

The lasting influence of Celtic masterpieces recur throughout the centuries, not least in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Scottish Art Nouveau, but at a deeper level an idea of Scottish art emerges in depictions of its dramatic landscape, its wars and conflicts, hardships, the heroes of Scottish history, the great figures of literature and philosophy, and its connection with France, from medieval times almost to the present.

All these factors form the character of Scottish art which is rich at the same time in distinctive personalities and individual genius, from Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay, the two great portraitists of the Scottish enlightenment, to artists working today like pioneering pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi and novelist and illustrator Alasdair Gray.