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Like his contemporaries Cadell and Peploe, Maclauchlan Milne was particularly drawn to the Hebridean islands of Iona and Mull. The white sands, the blues and greens of the water and the luminous light appealed in the same way as did the brilliant warm light and azure seas of the South of France. Milne may have painted there alongside Cadell and Peploe in the early 1930s, and would certainly have been familiar with their Iona paintings. Iona became for them a source of artistic inspiration, and a totally different, but ultimately iconic, subject matter for them to tackle.
In this painting we see a brilliant contrast between the white sands of Iona in the foreground and the intriguing hues of blues, purples and greens in the sea beyond. The jagged depiction of the rocks in the foreground with blue-tinged outlines also hints at a style informed by the Iona paintings Peploe had produced in the early 1920s. It is fascinating to see Milne take on such a similar artistic challenge to Cadell and Peploe, and it is perhaps in his Iona paintings that he most clearly proves himself an artistic equal to the Colourists.