Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh
This painting is on loan.
Between 1920 and 1922, Milne spent a period of time in Paris, staying in the Rue des Quatre-Vents, near the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank. Having served in France in the First World War, Milne took joy in the new environment he found himself in. Paris, then the centre of the art world, exposed Milne to a number of artists whose work would have seemed revolutionary at that time. As a result his work underwent a shift and Milne took on some of the heightened use of colour of the post-impressionists, with whose work he was becoming familiar. Paintings such as The Red Funnel would have been executed rapidly and most likely en plein air during walks around the city. Despite being mainly a landscape painter Milne found depicting figures in the cityscapes he produced during this period useful as they served as a vehicle for splashes of colour, here the pink jacket on the lady in the foreground for instance. The works painted in Paris during this period such as The Red Funnel mark the arrival of Milne as a 'Colourist' artist.