The south of France drew a great number of Scottish artists captivated by its warm light and bold colours and attempting to follow in the path of Cézanne and Matisse. John Maclauchlan Milne visited the area frequently between 1919 and 1932, often in the company of Samuel Peploe, Francis Cadell and Duncan Grant. The influence of the French modern painters and his compatriots, the Scottish Colourists, was decisive in Milne's work. His obituary read that 'like Peploe, he saw Cézanne and was immediately conquered...Here in the Midi, Milne found himself and the impact of this new experience stamped all his subsequent work'. Indeed, French landscapes and coastal scenes bathed in warm colours and expressively rendered dominated his work from the 1920s onwards. Cottages in Provence, from 1924, is a characteristic and evocative example, with the broad brushwork and bright colours employed by Milne enriching the work.
Maclauchlan Milne exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Glasgow Institute. In 1985 the Dundee Art Gallery and Museum held a centenary retrospective of his work.
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