In the development of British painting in the second half of the 20th century, William Scott has a position that is all his own.
After Matthew Smith, he was probably the last British painter of consequence to have been liberated by the experience of living in France. Not only did he live and teach in Pont-Aven in 1938 and 1939, but he was there when Emile Bernard, who had been there in the 1880s, came back on a visit in 1939. As someone who had known both Cézanne and Gauguin, Bernard might have been a great catch. He was, after all, the man to whom Cézanne had said: “Don’t be an art critic. Painting is the only salvation.” (Russell, 7)
The VRC has cataloged 37 images from William Scott in the Digital Image Database. These images are available to the SCAD community with an active MySCAD log-in.
Images clockwise from top-left:
Scott, William. (1956). Nude. Charcoal on paper. 19 x 25 inches. Private collection.
Scott, William. (1961). Blue Abstract. Oil on canvas. 73 x 43 inches. Private collection.
Scott, William. (1959). Blue Abstract. Oil on canvas. 63 x 78 3/4 inches. National Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Scott, William. (1956). Untitled – Seated Nude. Charcoal on paper. 24 3/4 x 19 inches. Private collection.