September 5, 2013
McTear's Lot Description -
JAMES COWIE RSA LLD SCOTTISH 1886 - 1956 BY AN OPEN WINDOW oil on board, signed 71cm x 53cm 28in x 21in Notes: A catalogue of The 'James Cowie Memorial Exhibition 1957'' staged by The Scottish Committee of The Arts Council accompanies this lot. ''By An Open Window'' has a strong sensual charge. The wine bottle, glass, telephone, cactus plant, pink fabric, design of the curtain - almost every aspect of this still life has carnal connotations. The painting is undated but is believed to be early to mid 1920's during Cowie's time as Art Master at Bellshill Academy. This is an important work by one of Scotland's most individual painters of the 20th century and is of National Collection calibre. Born in Aberdeenshire, Cowie studied at Glasgow School of Art and famously completed his Diploma course in a mere two years.. He taught at Bellshill Academy, near Glasgow 1915 - 1935 and later became Warden at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath. His style of painting was precise and linear. Cowie was an admirer of Poussin and the pre-raphaelite painters and believed in the classical values of self-restraint and objectivity. He had a meticulous way of working and believed that art was a product of thought and reason. His pupils included Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde and Joan Eardley. Thirty-two of James Cowie's paintings are held in Public Collections including at The Tate, The Hunterian, Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries, The Fleming Collection, The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, the Royal Scottish Academy, Dundee Art Galleries & Museums, Angus Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Aberdeen Art Galleries & Museums, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, City of Edinburgh Council and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. . Original frame. Excellent original condition. No issues.
Estimated Price: £3000-5000
Price Realised: 5000
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