Anne Redpath

Summer Bouquet
Oil on board
Signed (lower left), signed again (verso)
28 x 35 ins
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The artist's family
Thence by descent
Private Collection

Anne Redpath trained at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1913 to 1917, but after having a family with her architect husband James Michie and settling into a new life in France, she concentrated on her role as a mother. It wasn't until the mid 1930s that she managed to resume her painting career when she returned to live in Scotland. From the 1940s onwards Redpath's work regained the confidence that her brilliant student days had promised. Her palette gradually became more vibrant and her manipulation of paint, often applied with a palette knife, is best celebrated in the dynamic still lifes she produced at this time. Summer Bouquet is a perfect example, typical of her work from the late 1940s to the early 1950s when Redpath had come fully into her own as an artist. Bursting with energy and life, it employs the typical compositional device that Redpath used in her still life paintings, of a steeply angled perspective, tilting the table up to engage the viewer. This technique may have come from her admiration of Matisse and Bonnard, but equally Redpath was familiar with medieval Sienese painting and therefore it may have been a result of exposure to a more primitive form of art. The pale hues employed in the background, as for the tablecloth, hark back to Redpath's earlier 'white period', but the bold and brilliant colour employed elsewhere in the composition shows why Redpath is seen as a natural successor to the Scottish Colourists. The sheer scale of Summer Bouquet, along with its masterful execution, marks it out as a tour de force in Redpath's work.


Anne Redpath | Summer Bouquet