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William Scott, R.A.
DOUBLE GREY FISH STILL LIFE
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 99,650 GBP
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56
William Scott, R.A.
DOUBLE GREY FISH STILL LIFE
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 99,650 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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William Scott, R.A.
1913-1989
DOUBLE GREY FISH STILL LIFE
signed and dated on the reverse: W. SCOTT/ 82
oil on canvas
101.5 by 101.5cm.; 40 by 40in.
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Provenance

Gimpel Fils, London
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, where acquired by Harold and Sandy Price, Laguna Beach, California
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bonham's, London, 29th November 2005, lot 190
Beaux Arts, London

Catalogue Note

The present work is registered with the William Scott Archive as no.1169.
Sarah Whitfield is currently preparing the Catalogue Raisonné of works in oil by William Scott. The William Scott Foundation would like to hear from owners of any work by the artist so that these can be included in this comprehensive catalogue or in future projected catalogues. Please write to Sarah Whitfield, c/o Sotheby's, 20th Century British Art Department, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA.

The still-life, and specifically the seemingly endless stylistic possibilities the subject afforded, consumed Scott throughout his career. While the genre linked him with a long standing art-historical tradition, it was his execution and innovative play with form and composition that established him as a thoroughly modern artist. He first utilized the theme in the late 1930s, painting mostly flowers, but the true genesis for his focus on the subject was a visit to an exhibition in Paris in the summer of 1946 entitled A Thousand Years of Still Life Painting. The exhibition left him 'overwhelmed by the fact that the subject had hardly changed for a thousand years, yet each generation in turn expressed its own period and feelings and time within this terribly limited narrow range of still life.' (quoted in Alan Bowness, William Scott, London, 1964, p.7). Despite the seemingly 'limited' subject, the exhibition clearly left him in no doubt as to the power of the genre and its capacity for artistic creativity. As the elegant minimalism of Double Grey Fish Still Life typifies, the still-life allowed him to experiment with the spacing and arrangement of simple shapes, using a paired down colour palette, without the distraction of additional associations. The various kitchen paraphernalia (dead fish, a plate and a pan) here are turned upwards and flattened, laid out upon a table-top that is implied by a simple horizontal division of the picture plane.  A wonderfully controlled and balanced image, the pan's earthy red tone punctuates the otherwise monochromatic palette.

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